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Huntley, IL

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Water in Huntley, Illinois

Huntley, IL, is located in both Kane and McHenry counties with a current population of just under 23,000. For residents and businesses, the primary source of drinking water, both tap and bottled, comes from lakes, rivers, reservoirs, ponds, springs, and groundwater wells. When the water travels over the land’s surface or through the ground, natural occurring minerals and, in some specific cases, radioactive materials, are dissolved while other substances are picked up from the presence of humans and animals.

There is the possibility contaminants may be present in source water – some of these contaminants include viruses, bacteria, and other microbial contaminants which come from septic systems, sewage treatment plants, wildlife, and agricultural livestock. Salts and metals may also be present along with other inorganic contaminants, which can be caused by natural occurrences such as urban storm water runoff, wastewater charges, gas and oil production, as well as farming and mining.



Additional contaminants include herbicides and pesticides that can be introduced from a number of different sources, including again urban storm water runoff as well as agriculture and other residential activities. Organic chemical contaminants may also be present and these include volatile organic chemical and synthetics, which are usually a by-product of industrial processes and petroleum production. These can often come from gas stations, septic systems and urban storm water runoff.

Drinking water in the area, included those bottled waters, should be expected to contain a very small amount of some of the above mentioned contaminants. Although the contaminants are present, it does not necessarily mean that the water being consumed poses a health risk, but some type of filtering process may offer more peace of mind. The Environmental Protection Agency has put regulations in place to help to limit the number of contaminants found in tap water as well as other drinking water to ensure that tap water and the like remain safe to drink.

1 contaminant 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.

Radium-226 and -228
Maximum Result
8.23 PCI/L
Legal Limit

4 Contaminants below legal limits, but above health guidelines.

Alpha Particle Activity
Lead (total)
Maximum Result
10 PCI/L
10 PPB
5.73 PCI/L
Health Limit

12 Contaminants found within health guidelines and legal limits.

Barium (total)
Dibromoacetic Acid
Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)
Nitrate & Nitrite
Selenium (total)
Total Haloacetic Acids
Total Trihalomethanes
Average Result
923.75 PPB
1.50 PPB
31.56 PPB
0.04 PPB
0.68 PPB
0.02 PPB
0.03 PPM
0.25 PPB
Health Limit

*As reported by the NY Times Toxic Water Report.

About Huntley

Located in both Kane and McHenry counties, and about 45 miles northwest of the Loop, Huntley, IL, was first located beside the Galena and Chicago Union Railroad, which was established in 1851, by a gentleman and early settler named Thomas Huntley. That same year, the owners of the railroad company decided to host an excursion in early September, which marked the maiden voyage to the newly created Huntley Station. The village was officially incorporated in 1872.

Much of the land in the area was procured through government grants and plots often exchanged hands due to an inability to make ends meet on mortgages and other bills. Although the area saw some financial hardship, the village continued to grow in a slow and steady fashion. The Galena and Chicago Railroad became the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, only to change hands again to the Union Pacific Railroad. It served the Huntley area for a period of 150 years until about 1950.

The railroad system played an important role in the village of Huntley’s development, helping to transport agricultural products to the markets in Chicago, leading Huntley to become a prominent dairy center, selling milk to local factories to make cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products. The 1990s saw the dawn of Suburban Sprawl in the area and an increased influx of senior citizen residents, boosting the population from about 2,500 residents in 1990 to over 5,700 residents in the area in 2000.

2010 saw the population grow to over 24,000 residents and the village has now grown to an area that covers over fourteen square miles. The area has also grown into a strong industrial hub located along the highly traveled I-90 and Route 47 as well as close to a branch of the Chicago and Northwest Railroad line. Some of the largest businesses in the area include Dean Foods, Weber Grill, Allied Asphalt, FYH Bearing, and Lionheart. Huntley also features a bustling downtown area that has become very popular with residents.

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