In the “first step in exploring water supply” from the new East Locust Creek Reservoir in Sullivan County, the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission has initiated a recruitment drive to communities and water districts. Specifically, those entities being sought are those who might consider water being supplied from the planned East Locust Creek Reservoir.
Associate membership, when accepted, gives the commission and the member itself the ability to “begin contemplating and planning for water service needs”. While Associate members are under no obligation to receive its water directly from the commission, this does enable the commission to perform preliminary planning and, potentially, secure funding for that planning.
The East Locust Creek Reservoir, when completed, will have 2,356 acres of water providing 7,000,000 gallons of water per day. it will be the 28th largest lake in Missouri with 82 miles of shore line. It is approximately five miles north of Milan on Highway 5, and is approximately 7 1/2 miles long. The commission has acquired 74 of the 81 parcels necessary to construct the over 4,000 acre reservoir.
Original FULL members included the City of Milan, City of Green City, the City of Green Castle, and Sullivan County Public Water Supply District #1. Original ASSOCIATE members included the Grundy County Public Water Supply District #1, the Adair County Public Water Supply District #1, and the City of Kirksville.
Nine new members have recently joined, including the Cities of Trenton, Princeton, Brookfield, Mercer, Lancaster, LaPlata, and Novinger. Other entities on board are Livingston County Public Water Supply District #4, and Chariton-Linn Public Water Supply District #3.