Liquid Re-Cycling

Waste water treatment facility

Water tower is visible in the distance above the building

USGS Map

Since most of town is located on the Chatsworth glacial moraine, the treatment plant is located south of town down slope of the moranic area.  Thus, gravity does most of work in draining the system toward this point.

What appears to be a ditch is actually a lake outlet from glacial Lake Watseka which formed north of town from melt water being trapped between the glacier to the north and the moraine to the south.

The large culvert drains effluent from the treatment plant, the staircase is used to retrieve water samples for testing to ensure the effluent has been treated properly.

Map:  Emporia Edu

Eventually, the water over topped the moraine and eroded a total of 4 channels through the area draining the lake.  This is one of them that has been channelized for increased drainage of surrounding farmland.

Just below and to the left of the staircase the effluent pours into the channelized lake outlet.

Photo from a previous ride showing the channel downstream from the treatment facility.  Recent rains have raised the water level considerably higher than water from the plant alone would do.

Water in the bottle, after its travel by Raleigh, (and other places) will eventually make it way back to this point.  😉  Then, down to the North Fork, and on to Lake Vermilion at Danville and its municipal water supply.

Our water derived from wells in sand and gravel units of the glacial materials — a very good thing, I think!

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

7 response to "Liquid Re-Cycling"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: August 29, 2018

    Very nice description of how the water works work there Rich. I enjoyed the story about it.

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: August 30, 2018

    Very interesting! I always get excited with topo maps, too. Nothing like taking a glacial drainage system and turning it into an effluent ditch 🙂 My hometown drew its water supply from groundwater, too, but it was very hard. I didn’t know that water could taste anything other than “mineral-like” until I moved away at 18. The moraine map is interesting – the Bloomington one certainly shows a period of instability!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: August 30, 2018

      Thanks! Seems to me they keep re-naming moraines on a regular basis, maybe not, but they have changed over time.
      Map of Wisconsin age moraines below — you can see the lake outlets in northern Vermilion county. (The county along the east side of the map where it says ‘Illiana’ for those unfamiliar with IL counties)

      https://www.isgs.illinois.edu/sites/isgs/files/images/outreach-images/moraine-map.png

      Probably WAY more than you ever wanted to know about the Ice Age in Illinois here: 🙂

      http://gluedideas.com/content-collection/geography-of-illinois/The-Glacial-Period_P1.html

      • By: The Navigator Posted: August 31, 2018

        I remember looking up topo maps and glacier maps in 2014 to see where and which ones I’d be riding across. You can really see the features of the landscape well in spring before the corn gets going – nowhere to hide to pee, but easy to see how the glaciers sculpted the landscape. I’ll have to come back and look at the glacier chapter… too busy before I go to indulge right now. Thanks for the links!

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