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In-lake Water Quality Management for Lake Eureka: Highlights of Third Year (1983) Operation Raman, Raman K., Davis B. Beuscher, and Benny R. Arbuckle, 1984  Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL,  ISWS C-162    Full Text Available

City-owned Lake Eureka, situated in central Illinois (figure 1), was created in 1942 primarily to serve as a water supply source for the city of Eureka. The city owns and operates the water treatment and distribution systems. The lake has a surface area of 36 acres; mean and maximum depths of 6.3 and 18.0 feet, respectively; and a total volume of 227 acre-feet.

During the early 1970s, citizens began complaining about taste and odor problems in the finished waters. These complaints became numerous and incessant as the years progressed, despite efforts to control the taste and odor problems at the water treatment plant by such traditional methods as super chlorination, activated carbon adsorption, and potassium permanganate application. The severe taste and odor problems encountered during the winter of 1976-1977 marked the end of local tolerance. The city sought an alternate source of raw water supply and switched to groundwater in November 1979.

However, the use of groundwater as a source increased pumping...

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