What's Wrong With Your Water?

Water in Barrington, 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

Barrington, IL Water Information

Website: http://www.barrington-il.gov/

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

Water in Barrington, Illinois


The village of Barrington, IL gets its water supply from source water. Source water refers to water from streams, rivers, lakes or underground aquifers. Barrington’s water comes from four groundwater wells, which draw from an underground aquifer. The water is treated at a treatment plant that is owned by the village. Six reservoirs are used to store the water before its delivery throughout the community. Barrington provides water for over 12,000 residents and businesses as well as parts of Inverness and Barrington Hills.

Disinfectants and disinfection byproducts are used when treating water in order to kill bacteria. These disinfectants have been found to have potential adverse health effects, such as eye and nose irritation, increased risk of cancer, stomach issues, and central nervous system problems.

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.

Barrington Contaminants Above Legal Limits

4 Contaminants below legal limits, but above health guidelines.

Barrington Contaminants Above Health Guidelines

9 Contaminants found within health guidelines and legal limits.

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

Local Water Polluters near Barrington, IL

Village of Barrington STP (302 North Raymond Avenue, Barrington, Illinois 60010) – 34 Violations

  • 2004 – 15 permit violations – 1 other violation
  • 2005 – 11 other violations
  • 2006 – 3 other violations
  • 2007 – 1 effluent violation
  • 2008 – 2 effluent violations – 1 other violation

About Barrington

Barrington Illinois MapLocated in Cook County, Barrington remained unsettled for a long period of time despite the fertile land found in the area. Fear of an attack by nearby Native American tribes during the Black Hawk War of 1832 kept people away. After the war concluded, milling facilities were erected along the Fox River, which caught the attention of eastern farmers who began moving to the area.

Interested in connecting Chicago’s ports with the developing northwest, William Butler Ogden gained control of the Fond du Lac, Chicago and St. Paul railway systems and was able to push tracks out to the northwest corner of Cook County by 1854. Although the expansion was meant to bring additional profit to the area, local farmers feared that the addition would have a negative effect on their communities.
Robert Campbell, a civil engineer working for Fond du Lac, purchased farmland two miles northwest of the Cook County railroad station and began a community in response to the local opposition. Campbell then requested to have the railroad station moved into his community, which he named Barrington after Barrington, MA, where most of the farmers previously lived.

The Civil War brought prosperity to the local area; Barrington’s population increased to 300 by 1863. Barrington was largely protected from the areas residential boom in the 1950s and 60s due to estate acreage that was passed down from one family member to another. By 1960, the population had grown to over 5,000 residents, which would then double by the early 2000s.

In 2009, residents voted in favor of allowing Barrington Township officials to begin looking into the process of seceding from Cook County, largely due to the increased sales tax. This year (2015), Barrington, IL, celebrates its sesquicentennial, or 150 year, anniversary and it, along with other towns in the area, are considered some of the wealthiest in the country.


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