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High levels of radium have shown an increased incidence of bone, liver, and breast cancer
Competes with calcium absorption
Exposure to high levels can result in impaired bone growth in children
Can cause nausea & skin irritation
The EPA states you should test your own water from your well
IRON – Organic and found naturally occurring in the earth’s crust
IRON BACTERIA – Causes rotten egg smell and can change the taste of your water and cause dry, itchy skin.
Long Grove is located in Lake County. A portion of Long Grove’s water comes from Countryside Lake Water Distribution System, located to the northwest of the village. This system has a total of four wells feeding into the system, with two of them being south of Midlothian Road. Three of the wells are shallow wells and are drilled about 200 feet deep to reach the limestone or sand/gravel below the ground. A fourth deep well was drilled at a depth of 800 feet to reach the sandstone aquifer below.
The Village of Long Grove was in negotiations for years with Lake County, Illinois, and other governmental bodies, to get water serviced from Lake Michigan. However, that proposal was killed due to expensive water rates, so for now Long Grove continues to rely on well water.
For more on Long Grove, visit the city’s website.
*As reported by the NY Times Toxic Water Report.
Lake Michigan water is not unlike other water in Illinois, in that it contains levels above the recommended health limits for both Radium-226 and Radium-228. Small amounts of Radium a present throughout nature and we are constantly exposed to low amounts. However, prolonged external exposure to high levels of Radium can lead to various types of cancer, while drinking contaminated water can lead to lymphoma, bone cancer, and diseases that affect the formation of blood, like leukemia and aplastic anemia.
Village of Long Grove (Po Box 3110 Rfd, Long Grove, Illinois 60047) – 4 Violations
Alden Long Grove Rehab (Box 2308 Rfd, Long Grove, Illinois 60047) – 37 Violations
Menards (Il Rt 53 & Lake Cook Rd, Long Grove, Illinois 60047) – 9 Violations
The Long Grove drinking water supply is sourced from wells drilled deep into the earth. As this groundwater passes through the rocks and dirt underground, it picks up many minerals. As a result, like most groundwater in the Midwest, Long Grove water is hard water.
What are the consequences of hard water? Here are some of the symptoms:
These issues are already inconvenient enough, but hard water also costs you money. It creates soap scum because it neutralizes soap, making it less effective. This requires you to use more soap, shampoo, detergent, and other cleaners for the same level of clean.
A water softener such as EcoWater’s ECR-3702, ESD-2502, and EEC-1502, provided by Angel Water, will eliminate your hard water problems. That means better-feeling skin, cleaner dishes and surfaces, and less money spent on cleaning and hygiene products.
According to the above information from the Environmental Working Group, the water in Long Grove has in recent years tested positive for the radiological contaminants radium-226 and radium-228, at levels exceeding health guidelines. It also tested positive for strontium, a metal that causes bone cancer and leukemia, in amounts more than ten times greater than the state average and nearly four times greater than the EPA’s health guideline.
These contaminants can be both naturally occurring as well as byproducts of industrial activity. When these sorts of pollutants are found in water, it’s hard to say what other contaminants may enter the water. That’s why Long Grove residents should consider a reverse osmosis water filter that protects against the broadest range of pollutants.
Most filtration methods eliminate some types of contaminants, but not others. Those carbon filters you see in refrigerators and pitchers mostly just remove chlorine and a couple other contaminants. UV and ozone systems are good for removing microorganisms, but not chemicals. Other methods similarly miss particular categories of contaminants.
Installing a reverse osmosis system with a carbon filtration component provides the most comprehensive protection against contaminants including:
For residents of Long Grove, the surest way to secure clean, healthy water is with a reverse osmosis filtration system like EcoWater’s HERO-375 from Angel Water. Check out these and other Angel Water RO systems and make sure your water is safe!
Do you want clean water from your kitchen tap, but contaminated water from your bathroom sink, shower, fridge dispenser, etc.? Probably not. That’s why we recommend a whole house water filter for Long Grove residents who want high-quality water throughout their home.
If you install separate point-of-use filters at every faucet, you’ll have to pay for installation and maintenance of multiple systems. Instead, you can install a single whole house filter to cover the water issues throughout your entire home.
Your family will be able to enjoy healthy and clean water at every fixture, whether you’re using water to cook, brush your teeth, shower, or pour yourself a drink. Many of Angel Water’s whole house systems even include a water softening component, so you’ll be able to enjoy water that’s both filtered and softened with one system.
For the most complete water treatment solution providing the highest-quality water throughout your home, we recommend one of our whole home water filters. Browse through our selection and ensure your family has clean water everywhere!
No matter which of these water treatment options you’re considering for your own home, Angel Water is the team of experts you want on your side.
Angel Water’s based out of Barrington, IL. Barrington is another city which, like Long Grove, sources groundwater and suffers many of the same water issues.
Because Angel Water’s licensed plumbers have spent decades installing and maintain water treatment equipment throughout the Chicago area, we’re well-equipped to handle your water in Long Grove. We have years of hands-on experience, and many of our products are NSF-certified, meaning they’re proven to meet rigorous industry standards.
If you want to find out what’s in your water and what you need to get healthy, high-quality water, have Angel Water test your water! We’ll figure out what contaminants you’re dealing with, and help you select and install the system that’s right for you
Angel Water is proud to present the Water Wizard! This simple assessment is a collection of techniques that the pros use to "eyeball" your water quality. Within a few minutes you can find out how our pros would make an initial check for obvious water quality issues and the basic recommendations for addressing them. This is not a replacement for actual water testing with a lab, but it can get you moving in the right direction!