What's Wrong With Your Water?

Water in Deer Park, IL

Has the Following Known Issues:

City Water

Radium*

High levels of radium have shown an increased incidence of bone, liver, and breast cancer

Lead*

Too much lead in the human body can cause serious damage to the brain, nervous system and red blood cells

In babies and children, exposure to lead in drinking water above the action level can result in delays in physical and mental development

Well Water

Don’t Know?

The EPA states you should test your own water from your well

Orange Staining

IRON – Organic and found naturally occurring in the earth’s crust

Foul Odor

IRON BACTERIA – Causes rotten egg smell and can change the taste of your water and cause dry itchy skin

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Deer Park, IL Water Information

A vast majority of Village of Deer Park homes are supplied by private well water. The most common water issues that need to be addressed include: Coliform, rotten egg odors, orange staining, hard water (cloudy dishes) & iron or sulphur bacteria.

Website: villageofdeerpark.com

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deer_Park,_Illinois

Water in Deer Park, Illinois*

The-Dangers-of-Contaminated-Tap-WaterThe Village of Deer Park gets its drinking water from a combination of private wells and water allocated from the Palatine water system. On August 9th, 1999, Deer Park and the Village of Palatine entered into an agreement in which the Palatine Water System would supply water for most of the residents of Deer Park. The Environmental Protection Agency does not test the water quality of private wells and with nearly 15% of Americans using them, it is important to test these wells regularly. Both private wells and public water systems contain contaminants that can be harmful to your health.

After years of planning and acquiring financial backing, Palatine formed the Northwest Water Commission with the local municipalities of Evanston, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, and Wheeling. A pipeline from Evanston supplies each member of the Northwest Water Commission with all of their water requirements. A few wells are still operational in case of emergency situations, but most of Palatines wells were eliminated around 1986. While the Village of Palatine maintains they strictly follow all EPA quality guidelines for drinking water, testing reveals that the Water in Palatine is not completely safe to drink.

3 Contaminants below legal limits, but above health guidelines.

Lead Radium-226 and Radium 228

2 contaminants above legal limits.

In some states a small percentage of tests were performed before water was tested, and some contaminants were subsequently removed or diluted. As a result, some reported levels of contamination may be higher than were present at the tap. Results shown are based on individual samples and may not indicate a violation of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which often occurs only after prolonged tests show concentrations above a legal limit.

Alpha particle activity and Combined Radium Content both above legal limit

15 Contaminants found within health guidelines and legal limits.

15 contaminants within guidelines but including Arsenic, Barium, Bromodichloromethane, Bromoform, Chloroform, Xylenes and several others

*As reported by the NY Times Toxic Water Report.

Construction and continued maintenance are the two most important contributors to a healthy well. Make sure that your well is located as far away as possible from any gardens, compost piles, septic tanks, or chemical storages. Most people do not realize that common outdoor products like herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers can deposit harmful chemicals into the ground water. Private wells should be located so that rainwater is flowing away from their path. Rainwater soaks through the grounds surface and into our drinking supply, bringing all kinds of nasty chemicals and bacteria with it.

scientist_2As previously stated, private wells do not get tested on a regular basis like public water sources. Because of this, there is limited data on Deer Park’s water quality. Angel Water recommends water testing about once per year. Here is a look at the water quality of some nearby towns:

Regularly testing of private wells is the only way to know for sure how safe your drinking water is. Get your well tested for total coliforms, fecal coliforms (E.Coli), and pH levels. For any well testing in Cook County, be sure to call Angel Water! Our certified well water experts have your back.

Local Water Polluters near Deer Park, IL

Village of Deer Park (23680 W Cuba Rd, Deer Park, Illinois 60010) – 1 Violation

  • 2008 – 1 Permit Violation

About Deer Park

Deer Park, IllinoisDeer Park is a village just 37 miles from Chicago that is located in both Lake and Cook Counties. The village prides itself in preserving the green and natural land while continuing to keep up with the time. There are several lakes and ponds that surround the Deer Park area. Residences are limited to one-acre lots, preventing overcrowding and allowing the land located on a green belt to stay intact. The Deer Grove, Ela Marsh, and Cuba Forest Preserves keep the wildlife in the area safe and bring bird watchers from miles away to see the spectacular array birds and other animals in the Preserves.

The population of Deer Park is only about 3,000, so it is easy to uphold the laws and standards that the community leaders have established. Some main attractions for tourists outside of the beautiful countryside and wildlife are the two very popular shopping/dining destinations. The Town Center Promenade and Deer Park Town Center offer shoppers the latest fashions, electronics, and delicious eateries. Residents can easily work in and visit Chicago by using the Metra/Chicago and Northwestern train lines that run right through the village. Students in the area attend the Barrington School Districts and Lake Zurich School Districts where the test scores rank near the top nationally. Deer Park is a great place to visit for tourists who are looking for a happy medium between the well-preserved countryside and the amenities of modern living.


 Top Issues in Village of Deer Park Water:

Coliform in Water

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  • Coliforms are bacteria that are always present in the digestive tracts of animals, including humans, and are found in their wastes. They are also found in plant and soil material.

Are Coliform Bacteria Harmful?

  • Most coliform bacteria do not cause disease. However, some rare strains of E. coli, particularly the strain 0157:H7, can cause serious illness. Recent outbreaks of disease caused by E. coli 0157:H7 have generated much public concern about this organism. E. coli 0157:H7 has been found in cattle, chickens, pigs, and sheep. Most of the reported human cases have been due to eating under cooked hamburger. Cases of E. coli 0157:H7 caused by contaminated drinking water supplies are rare.

Coliform Testing

  • Testing for bacteria is the only reliable way to know if your water is safe. You cannot tell by the look, taste, or smell of the water if disease-causing organisms are in it. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that well owners test their water for coliform bacteria at least once a year. If you have experienced bacteria problems in the past, it is recommended that you test your well more frequently.

Solution

  • Bacterium can be eliminated with the following processes:
  • Chlorine, Ultraviolet Light, or heavy dosing of hydrogen peroxide.
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health recognizes only Chlorine as an effective method of eliminating this bacterium and mentions that either chlorinating the well or continuous chlorination is the proper method for eliminating this issue. Chlorinating the well is only a temporary fix to the issue.
  • CONSIDERATION: Treatment is tricky and many factors must be considered when filtering this contaminant. Flow rates of the well, type of well system and size of plumbing. These bacterium create a “slime” in your water which coats the water molecule and makes treatment very difficult. Bacterium feeds on oxygen and or the organics in your water. Removing the organic without the assistance of chlorine is exceptionally difficult because the bacterium coats the filter material, making it ineffective.
  • Chlorine injection of potable water is the most successful method of treatment for these bacteria. However, chlorine injection may be cost prohibitive and the system requires regular maintenance.

Smelly Water

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  • Iron or Sulphur Bacteria (Slime in back reservoir of toilets):
    • What is it?: This is a slime bacteria which feeds on organic matter, either iron or sulphur. To survive this bacterium utilizes the organic matter leaving behind reddish, brown, or yellow slime that can clog plumbing and cause an offensive odor. This slime or sludge is noticeable in the toilet tank when the lid to the reservoir is removed.
    • How does it create smell? As this bacteria oxidizes, gases are released containing offensive odors.
    • Is it bad for humans? This bacterium is not known to be hazardous to human health. It has been known to create sour stomach and diarrhea.
    • How do I know if I have it?: Testing for this bacterium will help well owners know if their well is affected. The majority of wells east of the Fox River appear to have this bacterium.

Solution

  • Bacterium can be eliminated with the following processes:
    • Chlorine, Ultraviolet Light, or heavy dosing of hydrogen peroxide.
    • The Illinois Department of Public Health recognizes only Chlorine as an effective method of eliminating this bacterium and mentions that either chlorinating the well or continuous chlorination is the proper method for treating this issue. Chlorinating the well is only a temporary fix to the issue.
    • CONSIDERATION: Treatment is tricky and many factors must be considered when filtering this contaminant. Flow rates of the well, type of well system and size of plumbing. The slime created when this these types of bacteria are present coats the water molecule and makes water treatment very difficult. Bacterium feeds on oxygen and or the organics in your water. Removing the organic without the assistance of chlorine is exceptionally difficult because the bacterium coats the filter material, making it ineffective.
      • Chlorine injection of potable water is the most successful method of treatment for these bacteria. However, chlorine injection may be cost prohibitive and the system requires regular maintenance.
      • Ultraviolet Light requires significant maintenance because the bacterium coats the quartz housing which prevents the light from penetrating the water. In addition, the pretreatment filter material gets fouled with the bacteria and eventually requires replacement or dosing with harsh chemicals to remove the bacteria.
      • Hydrogen Peroxide provides temporary relief if used to shock the well in single treatment. Hydrogen Peroxide is H2O2 and the extra oxygen molecule actually feeds the bacterium making the problem worse.

Hydrogen Sulfide

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  • Decomposing plants and animals that have been compacted in the soil. As rain water falls through the ground, it collects decaying matter and accumulates in well water. When this decaying matter mixes with your well water it can appear to be a brown, black oily substance.

How does it create smell?

  • When hydrogen sulfide is exposed to air the organic is oxidized and this process has a byproduct of a foul, “rotten egg” odor.

Is it bad for humans?

  • This organic is not known to be hazardous to humans. In large amounts people complain about sour stomachs or diarrhea.

Will my well water always have it?

  • Hydrogen Sulfide can vary depending on the barometric pressure, rain fall, lack of rain fall and season. Springtime tends to be the worst season for Hydrogen Sulfide.

Solution:

  • Air Injection, Air Stripping, Chlorine Injection, Hydrogen Peroxide Injection and specific filter materials like Activated Carbon have been successful in treating Hydrogen Sulfide.
  • CONSIDERATION: Treatment is tricky and many factors must be considered when filtering this contaminant. Flow rates of the well, type of well system, amount of hydrogen sulfide and size of plumbing.

White Film

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  • Calcium: One of the earth’s crust most abundant elements. When dissolved in water, it creates hard water. When water contains over 7 grains of hardness the water creates a white haze on glassware and plumbing fixtures. Hard water interferes with almost every cleaning task from laundering and dishwashing to bathing and personal grooming. Water flow may be reduced by deposits in pipes.

Solution

  • Water softeners use the process of Ion-Exchange and rid your home of hard water and eliminates calcium deposits and limited amount of iron.

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