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Title:Economic evaluation of alternative farm water sources in the claypan area of Illinois
Author(s):Moore, C.L.; Swanson, E.R.; Seitz, W.D.
Subject(s):Water resource development
Water resource development--Illinois
Agriculture
Farm water supply
Farm wells
Farm ponds
Water quality
Cost analysis
Rural water systems
Nitrate contamination
Geographic Coverage:Illinois (state)
Abstract:The claypan area of Illinois is characterized by unreliable water supplies. In addition, water quality problems have recently been recognized in the form of widespread nitrate coliform contamination of water in private wells in Washington County. A ten-square mile area in this county was selected for study. The nature of present water supplies was described and the costs of six alternative supply systems were estimated: (1) present on-farm sources, (2) treatment of pond water, (3) combination of present on-farm sources plus hauling, (4) hauling all water, (5) purchasing water from nearby municipality via pipeline, (6) combination pipeline plus on-farm sources. The six alternatives were examined in terms of the net present value of costs associated with each alternative, considering a 40-year planning period. Although the present sources proved to be the least costly they are unsatisfactory for reasons of health and also reliability. Treatment of pond water was the least-cost source of meeting the quality requirements for water for the total area. However, the reliability of this source and questions of personal preference against drinking pond water may indicate a preference among some users for connection with a municipal system which was somewhat more expensive.
Issue Date:1973
Publisher:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Water Resources Center
Genre:Report (Grant or Annual)
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89951
Sponsor:U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Department of the Interior
Rights Information:Copyright 1973 held by C.L. Moore, E.R, Swanson, W.D.Seitz
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-04-18


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