Bolingbrook, IL

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Water in Bolingbrook, IL

While Bolingbrook many years ago used to supply its residents with subpar wellwater, since 2001 the water in Bolingbrook has been drawn from Lake Michigan, like many other villages in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. The water in Bolingbrook, IL is piped in and processed by the American Lake Water Company, a subsidiary of the Illinois American Water Company.

The switch to this private company has resulted in rising water rates, and Bolingbrook is currently embroiled in a legal battle to try and claim eminent domain along with four other villages. And while the water in Bolingbrook is better now than the water from before, Lake Michigan water contains many pollutants, the health effects of which are still the subject of debate.



Local Water Polluters near Bolingbrook, IL

Village of Bolingbrook (151 West Royce Road, Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440) – 40 Violations

  • 2004 – 1 effluent violation
  • 2005 -2 effluent violations, 15 permit violations
  • 2006 -4 effluent violations, 1 other violation
  • 2007 -3 effluent violations, 5 other violations
  • 2008 -2 effluent violations, 7 other violations

Village of Bolingbrook Wrf #2 (1000 West Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440) – 50 Violations

  • 2004 – 11 effluent violation
  • 2005 -6 effluent violations, 15 permit violations
  • 2006 -3 effluent violations, 1 other violation
  • 2007 -3 effluent violations, 4 other violations
  • 2008 -5 effluent violations
  • 2009 -2 effluent violations

About Bolingbrook, IL

Bolingbrook, IL got its start in the 1830s when early settler families established farms in the area, but these properties remained as unincorporated farmlands for over a century, and it wasn’t until the 1960s that the modern era of the Village of Bolingbrook truly began.

The early 60s saw the first housing tracts laid out in farmlands just north of U.S. 66 near Illinois Route 53. The families who began moving in didn’t know the place by the name of Bolingbrook though, instead thinking it was named Westbury, which was in fact merely the name of one of the first housing tracts in the subdivision of Bolingbrook, along with Colonial Village and King’s Park. Colonial Village, located across town in the east end, was where builders erected a Village Hall, a fire station, and a jail, along with the village’s first churches and parks.

The young families that arrived came seeking homes built by the Dover Construction Company, which advertised inexpensive model homes with ads featuring a handsome British butler named Mr. Dover. The marketing campaign and the attractive model homes won the families over, as did the affordable prices of $10,000 with as little as $200 down. But the first families soon learned the harsh lesson that what you see in a model home is not necessarily what you get in the home you buy.

Homes lacked carpet and floor tile, unless. Yards had no trees or even lawn. Streets were left unpaved. The families dealt with this all and persevered, making the best of their situation. In 1965, residents achieved incorporation, becoming the Village of Bolingbrook, and began building their home up into a more hospitable and welcoming place to live

Since then, Bolingbrook has experienced rapid growth in both the 70s and 90s, becoming the seventeenth-largest incorporated place in Illinois and reaching a population of over 75,000. And it’s easy to see why so many people want to live in Bolingbrook: in 2014 it as the 38th best place to live in Time Magazine’s annual list, up from 43rd best place to live in 2010.

Featuring Clow International Airport, the Pelican Harbor Aquatic Complex, the Hidden Oaks Nature Center, numerous golf courses, and a network of public parks, Bolingbrook is a thriving village with all sorts of attractions for families.

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