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Elburn, IL

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Water in Elburn, Illinois

Elburn’s water come from ground water, including streams, lakes, rivers, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. Ground water is the water that fills cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand. Each drop of rain that soaks into the soils moves downward to the water table, which is the water level in the groundwater reservoir.


0 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.

Average Result
1.3 PPB
Action Level

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:


Microbial Contaminants

These are viruses and bacteria from activities like agriculture, livestock, fish farms, waste water treatment plants, septic tanks, and landfills.


Inorganic Contaminants

Some types of inorganic contaminants include salt, sand, and metals. These contaminants can be introduced by normal city operations, such as snow plowing, street salting/sanding, road maintenance, farming, mining operations, industrial waste water, and residential sewer systems.


Pesticides and Herbicides

These are some of the most common sources of contamination for groundwater. Pesticides and herbicides have a wide range of uses, including commercial farming, residential gardening, and urban storm-water.


Organic Chemical Contaminants

Synthetic and volatile organic chemicals are the most common types of organic chemical contaminants. These are by-products from the industrial manufacturing process and/or oil and petroleum refining. Other sources include leakage from septic tanks and gas station tanks.


Radioactive Contaminants

Man-made causes of the contaminants can me from the mining industry of petroleum refining. These containment can also be naturally occurring, like Radon and Radium.

Local Water Polluters near Elburn, IL

Village of Elburn STP (1 N240 Thryselius Drive, Elburn, Illinois 60119) – 67 Violations

2004 – 2 effluent violations and 1 other violation
2005 – 24 effluent violations
2006 – 11 effluent violations and 18 permit violations
2007 – 3 effluent violations
2008 – 7 effluent violations
2009 – 1 effluent violation

Fishermen’s Inn (43 W 901 Main Street Road, Elburn, Illinois 60119) – 40 Violations

2004 – 40 effluent violations
2005 – 10 effluent violations
2006 – 9 effluent violations
2007 – 1 other violation and 15 effluent violations
2008 – 2 effluent violations

About Elburn

Elburn, IL, is located in Kane County, Illinois. This small “village” has expanded significantly in recent years, more than doubling its population between the 2000 and 2010 census. The “village” is located at the cross section of Route 47 and Route 38, about 46 miles west of the Chicago Loop.

Incorporated in 1886, the village of Elburn was founded by William Lance in 1834. Not long after the arrival of William Lance, Henry Wayne would arrive and build an Inn called the Halfway House. The inspiration for the name came from the fact this new “village” was the halfway point between Oregon, IL, and Chicago, IL.

As it did for many small towns during this time, the railroad would offer an opportunity to expand. In 1854, the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company would build the Blackberry Station, the actual name by which this village was first known.

The Chicago and North Western Transportation company eventually asked the village to change its name to Melbourne. However, the decision was made to shorten the name to Elbourne. Since, the village has shortened its “second” name to Elburne, and its now current form of Elburn.

Elburn remained a rural village through most of the 20th century. It was actually the popularity of tract homes that led to its population boom. The small village once known as Blackberry Station now has a population over 5,000 and is a Metra stop on the Union Pacific/West Line.

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