The debate over a second water source for the city of Springfield continues.
Aldermen will now consider whether to spend nearly $75,000 to update studies that were last done in 1998. It’s part of the Illinois EPA and Army Corps of Engineers requirements to update various studies to determine whether a second man made lake is the best option.
“The one alternative we cannot pursue is doing nothing,” said City Water Light and Power Chief Utilities Engineer, responding to the palpable frustration expressed that more studies are needed. “If you’ve looked at those pictures of the drought in the 50′s, that is not survivable again. We would not be supplying water to our community.”
Hobbie is referring to pictures from the 50′s that show portions of Lake Springfield completely dried up.
The studies will determine whether using the Havana Lowlands or the Illinois River Well Systems are viable, they’re expected to be finished by September.