Long Grove, IL

Here’s What You Need to Know About Drinking Water in Long Grove, IL

Known contaminants:

  • Sulfur Bacteria
  • Iron Bacteria
  • Calcium
  • Silica
  • Radium
  • Strontium

We want you to have the most information possible about what is in your drinking water. At Angel Water, we believe this information will help you make an informed decision about getting cleaner and healthier water!

The Village of Long Grove, IL, operates on a well water system. This means that the EPA cannot regulate or test private well water. The EPA only regulates water from a public water system.

Because of that, the only way for citizens of Long Grove to get the results is by having the water tested themselves. Although there is no public data available for drinking water in Long Grove, that doesn’t mean there aren’t contaminants!

Contaminants such as sulfur bacteria, iron bacteria, silica, calcium, and radium can appear in well water.

These contaminants carry health risks and can damage your plumbing. They’ll even make your water smell like rotten eggs!

Take a look at how these contaminants impact the drinking water in Long Grove. And then see how Angel Water can give you the tools to make that water cleaner and healthier!

Sulfur Bacteria

Sulfur bacteria are naturally occurring in well water. It happens through decay and chemical reactions with soil and rocks. Sulfur bacteria create a slime substance in your drinking water that can also help other bacteria grow, such as iron bacteria.

While sulfur bacteria aren’t necessarily harmful to your health, the gas they produce can be. Sulfur bacteria cab produce hydrogen sulfide gas, which can lead to:

  • Nausea
  • Delirium
  • Disturbed equilibrium
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Skin and eye irritation

Outside of these health concerns, sulfur bacteria also cause a bunch of different problems with your plumbing.

Sulfur bacteria clog and corrode your pipes. They create black stains on plumbing fixtures and can cause your water to smell like rotten eggs!

Iron Bacteria

Iron bacteria are small living organisms that are found naturally in soil and shallow groundwater. They can also grow out of sulfur bacteria and occur through other means.

Iron bacteria form through iron, manganese, and oxygen. They can produce rust deposits and a slimy substance.

And just like sulfur bacteria, iron bacteria create conditions where other, more harmful substances can grow. It can increase the chance of sulfur bacteria growing in your well, which then produces hydrogen sulfide gas.

You can spot iron bacteria with a few defining characteristics.

Iron bacteria generate a rotten egg smell in your water. The slimy substance also helps the bacteria stick to your pipes and plumbing so that they corrode and clog them.

Iron bacteria leave yellow, orange, red, or brown stains and colored water. And if there’s a substantial amount of iron bacteria, you will see growths in the water as well. They will look very thread-like and feathery.


Calcium is a mineral commonly found in well water. If the concentration of this mineral gets too high, you get hard water.

Hard water can wreak havoc in a lot of different areas. It can cause a film to show up on different water fixtures, including showerheads, faucets, and drains. The water will produce a slimy feeling when washing your hands. And bathing in hard water will often lead to dry and itchy skin.

High amounts of calcium or other mineral deposits also cost you money. The damage from hard water can reduce water heater efficiency, increase your cleaning supply, and cause you to re-wash dishes, clothes, and yourself.


Silica is the second most abundant element found on Earth. So, naturally, it is found in most areas of water. Silica forms when water passes over rocks, minerals, glass, and animal skeletons. As it passes over these things, the silica dissolves into the water.

One of the biggest indicators that you have silica is when you see a high amount of scale building up. Scale buildup happens when hardened minerals dry up and stick to your fixtures.

Scale buildup can wind up costing you money to clean and repair fixtures that have become damaged.

You can also see silica from the thin layer of white filament left on appliances that use water. This can be your bathtub, sink, dishwater, and faucets.

This thread-like substance is often attributed to hard water. However, if you’ve taken the precautionary steps against hard water and it persists, then it’s most likely silica.


Radium is a radioactive element found in groundwater and most drinking water. While it is naturally occurring, outside activities, such as hydraulic fracking, increase the levels of radium.

Radium has two common forms, which are called radium-226 and radium-228. These two forms can be reported together or separately. However, because Long Grove works on a well system, it is not reported at all.

But you should know that high enough levels of the two forms of radium can have severe health consequences. They can lead to bone cancer, kidney damage, and congenital disabilities.


Strontium is a naturally occurring metallic element that can be found throughout the Earth’s crust. It comes from the same family as calcium and is chemically similar to calcium.

Because of its similar chemical makeup, strontium can replace calcium in the bone. This leads to a disruption in the normal bone structure. It can result in skeletal problems and defects.

Why You Should Annually Test Your Water

Because the EPA does not test or regulate well water, it’s important to have it tested at least once a year.

Annual testing identifies toxins and contaminants that may be in your water. It also tells you whether or not your water is suitable to drink. That goes both for humans and your pets.

If you test your water every year, you can also track whatever changes may occur. These common contaminants aren’t always present – but they could be at any time. That’s why it’s essential to see when they appear and what may have caused them to show up.

At Angel Water, we believe in testing your water to give you the best information possible! We want your water to be cleaner and healthier for you and your family!

How to Prevent Contamination in Your Drinking Water

Annual testing shows you what’s in your drinking water, but how do you stop it in the first place?

The best way to prevent toxins and contaminants from getting into your water is by using one of our NSF-certified water filters! The water filter will trap the contaminants before the water ever gets to your glass!

You Deserve Cleaner Drinking Water in Long Grove, IL

We believe that water is life! That means everyone should have access to healthier and cleaner drinking water! If you want to know more, try our Water Wizard! Water Wizard is our free online water quality quiz! You can alsp come by Angel Water or call us at 847-382-7800!

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