What's Wrong With Your Water?

Water in Algonquin, IL

Has the Following Known Issues:

City 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

Well Water

Don’t Know?

The EPA states you should test your own water from your well

Orange Staining

IRON – Organic and found naturally occurring in the earth’s crust

Foul Odor

IRON BACTERIA – Causes rotten egg smell and can change the taste of your water and cause dry itchy skin

Algonquin, IL Water Information

Website: http://www.algonquin.org/

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algonquin,_Illinois

Water in Algonquin, Illinois


Algonquin, IL uses source water. Source water includes water from rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells. There are many contaminants found in source water. The village of Algonquin currently gets its water from 9 wells. All water is treated at one of three treatment plants in the community. Chlorination, a disinfection process is used to treat all water. Chlorination assists in germicide reduction, foul taste and odor, bacteria and mold reduction, and hydrogen sulfide removal. Along with chlorination, the village also uses flushing operations. Water main flushing is the process of cleaning the interior of water distribution mains by sending a rapid flow of water through the mains.

2 contaminants 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.

Algonquin Contaminants Above Legal Limits

4 Contaminants below legal limits, but above health guidelines.


18 Contaminants found within health guidelines and legal limits.

Algonquin Water Contaminants
*As reported by the NY Times Toxic Water Report.

Local Water Polluters near Algonquin, IL

Village of Algonquin STP (125 Wilbrant Drive, Algonquin, Illinois 60102) – 73 Violations

  • 2004 – 18 effluent violations – 12 permit violations – 2 other violations
  • 2005 – 15 effluent violations – 1 compliance schedule violation
  • 2006 – 15 effluent violations
  • 2007 – 3 effluent violations
  • 2008 – 4 effluent violations – 3 other violations

About Algonquin

Algonquin, IL MapLocated in McHenry County about 40 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop, Algonquin was a key stop along a heavily traveled trail that is now known as Illinois Highway 62. This trail ran between the Indian settlements of Lake Geneva and Chicago. It was home to several white families at the beginning of the 1830s.

Although the areas around Algonquin were settled during this time, fears stemming from the 1832 Black Hawk War caused the families to flee the area leaving it uninhabited until the war ended.

At the conclusion of the Black Hawk War, the Gillilan Family was said to be the first family to permanently settle in the area. From 1836 on, the area grew at a slow pace as a trading post for the numerous dairy farmers that were found along the Fox River Valley Railroad (which became a part of the community in 1854). Travelers moving through the area admired the community nestled in the valley and thought it reminiscent of a New England settlement, drawing many of them to move to the area.

The scenery, mineral springs, boating, and fishing made Algonquin a very popular vacation destination for those living in nearby Chicago. When the Pingry Hotel was transitioned into a resort hotel in 1889, it set the tone for the settlement for the next several decades. It was shortly after this that Algonquin’s local businessmen took to incorporating the bustling community in 1890. As Chicagoans fled the hot city during the summer to find relief, Algonquin’s population doubled through the 1920s.

The area grew once again at the conclusion of World War II when soldiers returned home and flocked to Algonquin. Additionally, many of the people who vacationed in the town as children now looked at it as a great place to raise children, moving their families there and further increasing the number of residents. By the 1980s, Algonquin’s population had doubled again and ten years later, in 1990, the number of residents grew to over 11,000. In 2000, the population would double again to over 23,000.


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