Do you know what BACOG is? The Barrington Area Council of Governments is a regional planning organization that advocates for the needs of local communities. One way they pursue that mission is to protect access to a clean, sustainable water supply. BACOG facilitates private well owners testing water quality, constructs models of underground aquifers, and conducts further research and education efforts to help us understand the water supply in our region. They recommend water quality testing—and Angel Water can provide it! Continue reading What’s BACOG and How Do They Protect Your Water?
Water treatment often fails to remove many of the contaminants found in water supplies in Chicagoland. However, where do these pollutants come from in the first place? Here’s a rundown of the origins of some of the most common contaminants in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Continue reading Where Do These Contaminants Come From, Anyway?
Did you know rain and flooding flushes sewage into your drinking water? Flash floods just hit towns throughout Lake, McHenry, and Cook counties. Flooding in the Chicago region leads to waterways overflowing. Sewage spills into Lake Michigan and other waterways we drink from. Protect your health from this contamination—consider one of Angel Water’s home water filtration systems. Continue reading Did Flash Floods in Lake County Just Pollute Your Drinking Water?
Do you drink bottled water? If so, you’re creating a lot more waste than you have to. A plastic water bottle requires multiple large-scale operations to extract oil, turn it into plastic, shape that into bottles, fill them with water, and ship them to distribution centers and stores. These eat up lots of fuel and create lots of pollution. Be better to the earth—use a whole house water filter instead!
Do you feel safe drinking the water in your home? If you’re not drinking purified water that’s been put through an RO system, you probably shouldn’t.
We’ve written before about how specific contaminants like lead, mercury, and chromium-6 affect your health when consumed in your drinking water. We’ve also written about how these and other contaminants are present in Chicago’s drinking water supply. To bring it all together, here’s a breakdown of how unfiltered Chicago water may affect your total health. We’ve provided a brief explanation and list of health consequences for each contaminant.
Read on to understand the serious health risks of drinking unpurified water that contains these harmful contaminants.
Do you get your drinking water from the Fox River? Several towns including Elgin and Aurora draw water from the river. It contains contaminants including mercury, phosphorus, PCBs, fecal bacteria, and more. Find out what’s in your water with water quality testing from Angel Water, and then consult our water experts on what to do next!
Do you have calcium in your water? Watch this video to learn more and how a water softener can help!
It’s almost Earth Day! What are you doing to reduce your impact on the environment? Here’s a great resolution—cutting back on plastic waste. Plastic bottles are responsible for a lot of pollution, and may even affect public health. You can cut back by replacing them with reusable bottles, and recycling ones you do buy. You can also eliminate bottled water usage at home and at work, with a water filter from Angel Water!
Bottled water companies say they provide high-quality water, but do you really trust that? To start with, half of them are just selling you the same tap water you get for free at home. The other half misleads consumers about the sources of their spring water. Not only that, but companies often skimp on water treatment and aren’t strictly regulated. With a track record like that, don’t buy into bottled—rest easy with a water purifier from Angel Water!
Did you know the government says you can’t eat fish high in mercury, but lets you drink the water that fills these fish with mercury in the first place? That’s crazy! Lake Michigan contains mercury from coal-fired power plants lining its shore, and this lake supplies most of Chicagoland’s drinking water. Mercury ingestion can cause liver failure and neurological disorders. Yet, the EPA’s standards still haven’t been updated since the 70s. Protect your health by removing the mercury with a water purifier from Angel Water.
You turn on your faucet and suddenly—ugh! That rotten egg smell! You may have hydrogen sulfide in your water. Hydrogen sulfide is a compound that occurs naturally in wells with inadequate wellhead protection but can also enter water supplies in runoff from sewage treatment and other manmade processes. The jury’s out on what the long-term health effects are at low concentrations, but we do know that hydrogen sulfide corrodes your plumbing, tarnishes your silverware, stains your laundry and fixtures, and keeps your water softener from working right. Luckily, there are many options for getting rid of it. Call Angel Water today, and we’ll help you get rid of that gross swampy smell!
Iron bacteria may be forming deposits in your well—did you know this slimy rust-colored buildup is made up of not just living bacteria but also dead bacteria and their secretions, sheathes, stalks, and other waste? Gross! These bacteria make your water smell and taste musty and swampy, and stain your fixtures and clothes brown or yellow. The slime deposits also corrode plumbing equipment and clog screens and pipes, wasting your hard-earned money. Don’t let this happen to you: have Angel Water test your drinking water, and get rid of that bacteria with a chlorine injection system!
How does a reverse osmosis (RO) system work? First you need to understand diffusion and osmosis. Diffusion is the quality water has where it always tries to spread out evenly in all directions. Osmosis is when it’s kept from being able to do that by solutes, such as minerals or other dissolved materials, whose charges pull water together on the more concentrated side of a semipermeable membrane. Reverse osmosis, then, is forcing the water back through the membrane, leaving behind solutes that include contaminants like lead, mercury, volatile organic compounds, and more. You don’t want to be drinking those—which is what makes an RO system so valuable for purifying your water.
If you buy bottled water, then you’re paying too much for your drinking water. The average American family spends $615 per year on bottled water at the store, and getting bottled water delivered only reduces this to about $250 per year. Water delivery for a workplace can be more than twice that amount. In contrast, when you have a certified drinking water system from Angel Water, an annual service visit for routine maintenance only costs $139. That’s hundreds of dollars saved over the years—so not only will your water be cleaner, but Angel Water will save you money in the long run, too.
Angel Water has opened a new facility in Barrington, IL, that features all sorts of new services for you to take advantage of! If you’re not sure about your water, we can test it on-site. If you don’t know what you want from your water, you can compare water from different parts of the world at our water bar. Once you’re ready to start shopping around, you can explore our showroom, fully equipped with display models of all our products, educational materials, and professional support staff who offer expert guidance. You can even pick up bottled water or salt for your water softener with our drive-through pickup service.
We’re always finding new ways to make clean water convenient—so stop on by our new Barrington location and say hi!