High levels of radium have shown an increased incidence of bone, liver, and breast cancer
Competes with calcium absorption
Exposure to high levels can result in impaired bone growth in children
Can cause nausea & skin irritation
The EPA states you should test your own water from your well
IRON – Organic and found naturally occurring in the earth’s crust
IRON BACTERIA – Causes rotten egg smell and can change the taste of your water and cause dry itchy skin
Lake Zurich, IL Water Information
Water in Lake Zurich, Illinois
Lake Zurich’s water comes from ground water, including streams, lakes, rivers, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. Ground water is the water that fills cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand. Each drop of rain that soaks into the soils moves downward to the water table, which is the water level in the groundwater reservoir.
Lake Zurich uses groundwater provided by six wells drilled into the St Peter, Galesville Sandstone portion of the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer. All six wells are located within the city. Water is pumped from each well based on a rotational duty cycle and demand. A home’s water is typically a blend from multiple wells.
5 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.
2 Contaminants below legal limits, but above health guidelines.
15 Contaminants found within health guidelines and legal limits.
*As reported by the NY Times Toxic Water Report.
Contaminants that may be present in source water include:
Microbial Contaminants – These are viruses and bacteria from activities like agriculture, livestock, fish farms, waste water treatment plants, septic tanks, and landfills.
Inorganic Contaminants – Some types of inorganic contaminants include salt, sand, and metals. These contaminants can be introduced by normal city operations, such as snow plowing, street salting/sanding, road maintenance, farming, mining operations, industrial waste water, and residential sewer systems.
Pesticides and Herbicides – These are some of the most common sources of contamination for groundwater. Pesticides and herbicides have a wide range of uses, including commercial farming, residential gardening, and urban storm-water.
Organic Chemical Contaminants – Synthetic and volatile organic chemicals are the most common types of organic chemical contaminants. These are by-products from the industrial manufacturing process and/or oil and petroleum refining. Other sources include leakage from septic tanks and gas station tanks.
Radioactive Contaminants – Man-made causes of the contaminants can me from the mining industry of petroleum refining. These containment can also be naturally occurring, like Radon and Radium.
Local Water Polluters near Lake Zurich, IL
Mt. St. Joseph Shelter Care (24955 N Hwy 12, Lake Zurich, IL 60047) – 39 Violations
- 2004 – 2 effluent violations
- 2005 – 19 effluent violations
- 2006 – 5 effluent violations and 2 permit violations
- 2007 – 6 effluent violations
- 2008 – 5 effluent violations
About Lake Zurich
Lake Zurich is located in Lake County, IL. As of 2010, the village had a population of 19,631, an increase of 1,527 from the 2000 census. The village occupies a total of 7.18 square miles. It is considered a “family” town as well as being mentioned by U.S. News as one of the most affordable communities in which to live in the United States.
Settled in the 1830s and incorporated in 1896, Lake Zurich was primarily a farming community, not uncommon for this area at the time. While the railroad was introduced to this area early in the 20th century, it was not nearly as important as modern roads, which would turn the area into a popular summer resort destination. As the 21st century approached, housing developments were built and the local population would boom.
In modern times, the area has seen its share of legal controversy. A “landmark” case took place in 1988 (Beacham v. Lake Zurich Property Owners Association). This case dealt primarily with landowner rights to “recreate” on all surface waters of Lake Zurich.
A highway bypass project was also mired in controversy. The new 4-lane bypass construction was tied to the dumping of silt-laden water into Lake Zurich. This garnered attention from both federal and state authorities.
More recently, and in a more positive light, a Pavement Management Plan was been completed. The project is meant to improve and maintain the streets throughout the village (as of this writing, only 54 percent of the village streets are rated as good or better).