The East Locust Creek Reservoir Project in Milan is moving forward. The reservoir is to help address the water shortage problem in northeast Missouri.
When completed, the reservoir is expected to produce seven million gallons of water a day.
Currently, the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission and a land acquisition team are working to purchase properties. That part of the project is nearly complete, with 79 percent of the land purchased.
The commission is still in talks with the Federal Government to secure final funding, but construction is scheduled to begin within the next year.
"There's lots of work remaining. The lake will serve a ten county region, and some 54,000 customers in this area," said Bradd Scott of the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission.
The land surrounding the reservoir will be used for residential, conservation, recreational, camping and public use.