The East Locust Creek Reservoir was sized and sited to address the most acute water shortage in the State of Missouri. Because of the geology, topography and climate of the 10 County region around Milan, Missouri, as well as the lack of an adequate fresh water aquifer, the area has lived under the threat of drought. The $69 million, 2,235 acre Reservoir is designed to provide 7 million gallons of water per day to over 54,000 people in a ten county region. The formation of the Commission is a part of the Department of Natural Resources strategic consolidation and the Reservoir is viewed as the ultimate solution to address the acute water supply shortage. Currently, the North Central Regional Water Commission, a seller of wholesale water, provides 622,000 gallons of treated water per day to over 3,000 customers, in addition to raw water sold to Farmland. The current source of water is the 200 acre Elmwood Lake, augmented by a pump station and line from Locust Creek (as well as an emergency water line to Trenton).