The Mahomet aquifer is one of the largest groundwater resources in the state. To find cleaner water than that from the Mahomet aquifer one would have to melt ice from deep within an Arctic glacier (Panno et al. 2000). This aquifer, which underlies 1.26 million acres of east-central Illinois land, holds roughly 13 trillion gallons of water, serves more than 850,000 people daily, and contains some of the most pristine water in the United States (Uken 2009]). Sustainable management of this precious resource holds special challenges due to the technical knowledge required to understand its unique characteristics as a water source.
The Mahomet Aquifer: Toward Sustainable Management