- Your Local Water
High levels of radium have shown an increased incidence of bone, liver, and breast cancer
Too much lead in the human body can cause serious damage to the brain, nervous system and red blood cells In babies and children, exposure to lead in drinking water above the action level can result in delays in physical and mental development.
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.
The Village of Hawthorn Woods has one deep well drilled to reach the sandstone aquifer below and most homes are on private wells. Residents are permitted by the Health Department to have private wells on their property. While the original water system was installed over 60 years ago, most was replaced by a new distribution system in 2010.
Most of the village’s water systems are now directly managed by Aqua Illinois, an incorporated association that provides water and wastewater services to over 3 million residents. Two wells are part of the Hawthorn Woods water system and they are capable of producing 900 gpm together. The system also has an ion exchange system and 370,000 gallon water reservoir.
In recent years, rate increases have been a subject of dispute between residents and the company. Some might say that clean and safe drinking water comes with a huge price tag. But if that’s the case, just how safe is Hawthorn Woods’s Water?
Click on each pollution source to see from which source contaminants come.
Runoff and Sprawl
Water contaminants may come from more than one source.
Radium is a persistent contaminant that is found throughout our environment, particularly in Illinois ground water. It is mostly harmless to people at low levels but can cause health problems when ingested. Prolonged exposure to Radium-226 and Radium-228 has been linked with health conditions like lymphoma, bone cancer, leukemia and aplastic anemia.
Another common issue with water in Hawthorn Woods and the surrounding areas is an abundance of Alpha Particle Activity in the drinking water. Alpha particles are a type of radionuclide. The EPA defines a radionuclide as an atom with an unstable nucleus which, to become more stable, emits energy in the form of rays or high speed particles. Alpha particles absorb radiation from a variety of sources and then pass it along when coming into contact with our drinking water.
Village of Hawthorn Woods (35 Old Mchenry Rd, Hawthorn Woods, Illinois 60047) – 1 Violation
Hawthorn Woods is a small village located just 40 miles from Chicago. The town is known for its rural atmosphere, and the residents and local government work hard to preserve this overall feeling while welcoming the exciting offerings of the future. The 10 community and neighborhood park areas give residents plenty of space to play tennis, baseball, and soccer. The parks are beautifully landscaped and offer picnic areas and gazebos. The aquatic center has a competition pool, water slides, and a spray feature for children. It is the home of the Hawthorn Woods Country Club, which has a golf course designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer.
Governed by the Board of Trustees, including the mayor, this village of 7,600 people is upscale with many of its residents owning homes on more than one acre of land. The police, public works, parks and recreation, finance, and building departments work to keep the community safe, beautiful, fun, and upstanding. The surrounding trees, lakes, and open spaces give Hawthorn Woods the country feel, while the community itself is still growing and changing by adding new and improved recreational areas and businesses. It is the perfect mix of country and class in a well-to-do village.
A vast majority of Hawthorn Woods homes are supplied by private well water.
The most common water issues that need to be addressed include;
Coliform, rotten egg odors, orange staining, hard water (cloudy dishes) & iron or sulphur bacteria.
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!