What's Wrong With Your Water?

Water in Long Grove, IL

Has the Following Known Issues:

City Water

Radium*

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

Strontium*

Competes with calcium absorption

Exposure to high levels can result in impaired bone growth in children

Can cause nausea & skin irritation

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

Long-Grove-Head-ImageLong-Grove-Head-MediumLong Grove Water Info

Long Grove, IL Water Information

Website: http://www.longgrove.net/
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Grove,_Illinois

Water in Long Grove, Illinois

A portion of Long Grove’s water come from Countryside Lake Water Distribution System, located to the northwest of the village. This system has a total of four wells feeding into the system, with two of them being south of Midlothian Road. Three of the wells are shallow wells and are drilled about 200 feet deep to reach the limestone or sand/gravel below the ground. A fourth deep well was drilled at a depth of 800 feet to reach the sandstone aquifer below.

The Village of Long Grove has been in negotiations with Lake County, Illinois, and other governmental agencies for years to get water serviced from Lake Michigan. Part of the agreement will require that all existing wells be capped and all homes will then be metered for water. Pumping water from Lake Michigan is no easy task and normally cost taxpayers millions of dollars to complete. A project like this requires the cooperation of multiple municipalities and agencies to be successful. And just how safe is Lake Michigan Water???

Long Grove Water Contamination Long Grove Water Contamination Long Grove Water Contamination
*As reported by the NY Times Toxic Water Report.

Lake Michigan water is not unlike other water in Illinois, in that it contains levels above the recommended health limits for both Radium-226 and Radium-228. Small amounts of Radium a present throughout nature and we are constantly exposed to low amounts. However, prolonged external exposure to high levels of Radium can lead to various types of cancer, while drinking contaminated water can lead to lymphoma, bone cancer, and diseases that affect the formation of blood, like leukemia and aplastic anemia.

Local Water Polluters near Long Grove, IL

Village of Long Grove (Po Box 3110 Rfd, Long Grove, Illinois 60047) – 4 Violations

  • 4 Permit Violations

Alden Long Grove Rehab (Box 2308 Rfd, Long Grove, Illinois 60047) – 37 Violations

  • 2004
    • 1 other* violation
    • 14 effluent violations
  • 2005
    • 16 effluent violations
  • 2006
    • 1 effluent violation
  • 2007
    • 2 unrelated to permit violations
  • 2008
    • 3 effluent violations

Menards (Il Rt 53 & Lake Cook Rd, Long Grove, Illinois 60047) – 9 Violations

  • 2008
    • 1 compliance schedule violation
    • 8 unrelated to permit violations

About Long Grove, Illinois

Map of Long Grove IllinoisLong Grove, Illinois is located just 35 miles northwest of Chicago. The Historic Business District boasts over 120 businesses that are open every day of the week to cater to visitors. Many people will come from many miles away to enjoy the feeling of preserved small town America. The village has strict decorating laws that ensure that all businesses follow regulations that keep signs, building size, and paint color within the turn-of-the-century theme. The unique shopping experience, which offers all of the luxuries of modern dining and merchandise, keeps people coming back year after year. The strawberry, chocolate, and apple festivals also attract a crowd.

Long Grove is 18 square miles, but it only has a population of about 6,700 people. The town emphasizes open space residential development outside of its business district where there are million-dollar home communities. The Long Grove Park District is committed to protecting the natural environment around the village. Even though the town does not have all of the services that a big city can provide, it does have excellent schools, road maintenance, two fire districts, and a police presence provided by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. Long Grove does not have a sewer system, and most residents and businesses have private wells. The local government keeps a close eye on all village business in order to keep the small town feel and preserve the safety of the residents.

Long Grove Water Info

A vast majority of Long Grove 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.


Coliform in Water

smelly-water-img

What is Coliform?

  • 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

coliform-in-water-img

What is it caused from? (2 likely reasons)

  • 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

hydrogen-sulfide-img

What is it?:

  • 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

white-film-img

What Is It?

  • 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.

Request More Information