Crystal Lake, IL

Here’s What You Need to Know About Drinking Water in Crystal Lake, IL

Citizens of Crystal Lake, IL, do you know what’s in your water? Unfortunately, data from the Environmental Working Group indicate that the drinking water in Crystal Lake contains an unsafe number of contaminants.

The good news is there are ways to protect your health and family from these dangerous pollutants.

Please continue reading to learn about what contaminants you could be dealing with and how to defend against them with water treatment equipment!

Contaminant 2017 Total
EWG Recommendation
Bromodichloromethane 10.5 PPB 0.06 PPB
Bromoform 4.20 PPB 0.5 PPB
Chloroform 13.2 PPB 0.4 PPB
Dibromoacetic Acid 1.97 PPB 0.04 PPB
Dibromochloromethane 9.48 PPB 0.1 PPB
Dichloroacetic Acid 2.77 PPB 0.2 PPB
Haloacetic Acids 7.57 PPB 0.1 PPB
Radium-226 and -228 0.68 PCI/L 0.05 PCI/L
Total Trihalomethanes 37.5 PPM 0.15 PPB
Trichloroacetic Acid 2.72 PPB 0.1 PPB

Haloacetic Acids

One group of contaminants frequently found in Crystal Lake drinking water is haloacetic acids. This collection of five acids often form as a byproduct of the water disinfection process. The health risks of consuming too many of these acids include cancer and developmental disorders.

Recent studies indicate that Crystal Lake water contains 7.57 ppb of Haloacetic Acids. While this total does not exceed the legal limit of 60 ppb, it is 76x higher than the EWG recommended health guideline of 0.1 ppb.

Here are the totals for each of the acids:

  • Dibromoacetic acid – 1.97 ppb (49x higher than the EWG limit of 0.04 ppb)
  • Dichloroacetic acid – 2.77 ppb (14x higher than the EWG limit of 0.2 ppb)
  • Monobromoacetic acid – 0.0459 ppb (below the EWG limit of 25 ppb)
  • Monochloroacetic acid – 0.0715 ppb (below the EWG limit of 53 ppb)
  • Trichloroacetic acid – 2.72 ppb (27x higher than the EWG limit of 0.1 ppb)

Radium-226 and -228

The radioactive isotopes radium-226 and -228 are both naturally occurring and caused by human activities like oil extraction. The health risks of consuming too much radium include cancer, blood disorders and birth defects.

EWG indicates that the drinking water in Crystal Lake contains 0.68 pCi/L of radium-226 and -228. This exceeds their health guideline of 0.05 pCi/L, but it is beneath the legal limit of 5pCi/L.

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

The TTHMs are a collection of four contaminants that form as byproducts of water disinfection. These harmful pollutants can cause cancer, heart defects, birth defects and damage to neural tubes.

In 2017, the Crystal Lake utility reported 37.5 ppb TTHMs in the drinking water. Even though this is under the legal limit of 80 ppb, it is far above the recommended health guideline of 0.15 ppb.

  • Bromodichloromethane – 10.5 ppb (176x higher than the EWG limit of 0.06 ppb)
  • Bromoform – 4.20 ppb (8.4x higher than the EWG limit of 0.5 ppb)
  • Chloroform – 13.2 ppb (33x higher than the EWG limit of 0.4 ppb)
  • Dibromochloromethane – 9.48 ppb (95x higher than the EWG limit of 0.1 ppb)

How to Protect Your Health

Clearly, the government’s limits are far too loose to ensure healthy drinking water. That’s why it’s crucial to invest in water treatment equipment for your home! After all, the contaminants listed above were just a few of the many detected in Crystal Lake water!

At Angel Water, we are passionate about helping homeowners find the right equipment to keep their water clean! You can find a wide variety of water filters, including reverse osmosis water filters and chlorine injection systems, at our locations in Barrington and St. Charles.

Plus, we can test your water to determine exactly what contaminants you’re dealing with and guide you to the ideal filter to get rid of them! It’s all part of achieving our mission to provide cleaner, healthier water for all!

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At Angel Water, we want to help you get healthier water for your home and family.

We hope this guide has helped you, Crystal Lake residents. If you’re interested in testing your water or investing in a filter, we’d be happy to help. Call us today at (847) 382-7800 to talk to a licensed expert!

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