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Roselle, IL

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Water in Roselle, Illinois

Roselle’s water supply comes from Lake Michigan. The water is first treated by the City of Chicago, and then pumped to the DuPage Water Commission in Elmhurst. Roselle has three connections to the DuPage Water Connection pipes. The city also has connections with Hanover Park, Elk Grove Village, and Schaumburg, who are supplied by the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency in case of emergency. There has been more and more growing concern for contaminants found in Lake Michigan.

Contaminants include plastics, pharmaceuticals and flame retardants. The impact of these emerging contaminants is for the most part unknown, but studies do suggest a health concern.



1 Contaminant below legal limits, but above health guidelines.

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.

Lead (total)
Average Result
4.6 PPB
Health Limit

12 Contaminants found within health guidelines and legal limits.

Dibromoacetic Acid
Dichloroacetic Acid
Monobromoacetic Acid
Monochloroacetic Acid
Total Haloacetic Acids
Total Trihalomethanes
Trichloroacetic Acid
Average Result
8.72 PPB
0.05 PPB
15.02 PPB
20.88 PPB
0.19 PPB
4.76 PPB
6.29 PPB
0.77 PPB
0.27 PPM
13.76 PPB
29.51 PPB
6.52 PPB
Health Limit

*As reported by the NY Times Toxic Water Report.

About Roselle

Located over both Cook and DuPage Counties and located west of the Loop, Roselle, IL, was first settled by Elijah and Electa Hough in 1836. The Houghs came to the area from Massachusetts and it would later be named for their son, Roselle, who would become a well-known Chicago business person, military colonel, and the driving force behind the town’s development. As was true for much of the area before the Civil War, German and eastern immigrants came to the area to farm and raise livestock.

The town was mapped out and named Roselle in 1874. At the time, churches were the most popular buildings among the few that the farming communities constructed. The German influence in the area was prevalent and the St. John Evangelical Luther Church as well as the adjacent school were built in 1851. A few years later, a Methodist church was erected and by 1899, three congregations came together to form the Lutheran school district. The first school in the district was named Roselle Lutheran School.

Elijah and Electa Hough’s son, Roselle, began farming in the years following the Civil War. While most of the farmers were growing wheat and corn while Roselle chose to grow flax. Although this was lucrative in some respects, Roselle began looking for prospects other than farming and established the Illinois Linen Company. This business manufactured rope and linens. Based on the success of this business, Roselle was able to convince the Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company to route through his land.

Roselle had passed away in 1895 – the soil of his flax fields were exhausted, the mill shut down, and the factory was closed. The factory was purchased and converted into a brick and tile company that would close a short five years later. The area returned its focus to farming and continued to prosper well into the twentieth century by producing lumber, grain, and gristmill. In February 1889, a village nearby called Bloomingdale was incorporated and combined the areas of Roselle and Bloomingdale.

In 1898, the Roselle Park Club was built and quickly became a popular recreational area and in 1962, Shriners built the Medinah Country Club – ultimately, the land around this club would become “Medinah” and would separate from Roselle. Roselle began to grow quickly after the World Wars – single and multiple family homes were developed, helping to bring small industry to the area as well. From 1970 to 200, Roselle’s population grew from just over 6,000 residents to over 23,000 residents.

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