Located in Dieterich, Illinois, EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. was incorporated in June of 1989. The first phase built in 1993, served 480 households, and involved construction of 100 miles of water mains. Since these humble beginnings, EJ Water Cooperative, Inc. has developed into a multi-county regional water system, serving members in Effingham, Jasper, Clark, Clay, Cumberland, Edwards, Richland, Sangamon, Shelby. Fayette, Crawford, Montgomery and Christian Counties. It is one of the fastest growing water systems in the State of Illinois. The system currently has over 2,000 miles of water mains and has over 10,000 members. We serve a population base of approximately 30,000. We also wholesale water to the Villages of Clay City, Dieterich, Edgewood, Louisville, Mason, St. Peter, Watson, Ste. Marie and Fayette Water Company. EJ also has interconnects with Effingham, Newton, Moultrie Rural Water, Shelbyville and Hardinville Water Company.
The EJ Water Board of Directors is dedicated to serving as many unserved members as possible. Each phase brings the water mains a little closer to those unserved members. EJ Water has over 25 full and part-time staff.
EJ still works closely with USDA Rural Development and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as its main funding source. “EJ Water Cooperative, Inc., is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).”