High levels of radium have shown an increased incidence of bone, liver, and breast cancer
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
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
St. Charles, IL Water Information
Water in St. Charles, Illinois
The city of St. Charles in Illinois gets its drinking water from 2 separate aquifers. Four wells are drilled into the St. Charles sand and gravel aquifer, while three deeper wells go all the way down to the Galesville aquifer formation. The St. Charles Water Division is charged with the task of providing clean, safe drinking water for over 33,000 residents. Water management is no easy task. The St. Charles Water Division maintains 7 water supply wells, 6 storage reservoirs, 221 miles of water main, over 3,400 valves, 2,700 fire hydrants and 12,000 domestic service connections. Water usage averages about 4.5 million gallons per day. On June 26, 2005 the division hit a peak day, using 9,741,000 gallons of water.
Sources of the drinking water for St. Charles include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. As water flows over the surface of the land or through the ground, it can dissolve naturally occurring minerals and radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
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.
1 Contaminants below legal limits, but above health guidelines.
17 Contaminants found within health guidelines and legal limits.
*As reported by the NY Times Toxic Water Report.
Local Water Polluters near St. Charles, IL
St Charles Westside STP (3805 Lincoln Hwy, St. Charles, Illinois 60175) – 12 Violations
- 2006 – 5 permit violations
- 2007 – 1 effluent violation
- 2008 – 6 other violations
St Charles Eastside STP (East End of Devereaux Way, St. Charles, Illinois 60174) – 23 Violations
- 2004 – 1 effluent violations
- 2005 – 15 effluent violations
- 2006 – 5 permit violations – 1 other violation
- 2007 – 1 effluent violation
Illinois American Water River Grange (6 N 383 River Grange Road, St. Charles, Illinois 60174) – 14 Violations
- 2004 – 10 permit violations
- 2005 – 1 effluent violation
- 2006 – 1 effluent violation – 1 other violation
- 2008 – 1 effluent violation
About St. Charles
Located in Kane and DuPage Counties, St. Charles, IL is located about 35 miles west of the Chicago Loop. Early settlers to the area were attracted by the varied landscape with wooded areas on either side of the river north of the settlement and prairie land westward. Settlers also appreciated the many streams that ran into the Fox River and used them for mills. By the year 1863, a dam and bridge has been erected and the settlement was growing around them to the east and west shores of the river.
Charleston was the original name given to the town but since there was already a town with that name in the state, it was changed to St. Charles. Many of the settlers that came to the area were from New England and a Yankee presence and influence remained for many years. The St. Charles Branch Railroad served the area from 1849 to 1859 but regular rail service was not available until 1871. At this time, the Chicago, Kansas City, and St. Paul Railroad built and ran a depot which helped economic growth.
By the end of the 1800s, the town had expanded almost a half mile in all directions around the Fox River crossing and the farmland north of St. Charles had been cleared to establish farms and homes. The 1920s brought the dawn of the automobile, which drew St. Charles into the economic landscape of Chicago and the population grew by over 4,000 residents between 1900 and 1950. The 1980s and 1990s saw the development of new suburban sectors in St. Charles on both sides of the Fox River.
Today, St. Charles harkens back to its past with a large number of historical buildings still standing in the city. Industry and factories have all but gone away and service-based enterprises have taken hold. Currently, St. Charles boasts a population of over 30,000 with an area of almost 15 square miles. The city currently hosts the Kane County Fair in July. The downtown area also features Lincoln Park as the centralized location for two annual events, the Scarecrow Festival and Pride of the Fox River Fest.