What's Wrong With Your Water?

Water in Crystal Lake, 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

Crystal Lake, IL Water Information

Website: http://www.crystallake.org/

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

Water in Crystal Lake, Illinois


Crystal Lake, IL uses 100 percent ground water, meaning that it comes from beneath the ground. This water originates as precipitation such as rain or snow, which then slowly makes its way down through the soil and into an aquifer. An aquifer is basically a geologic formation existing beneath the surface of the earth where the ground water is stored. The source water for the city of Crystal Lake originates from aquifers. Some of these aquifers are shallow and comprised of mainly gravel and sand, which occur 400 feet below the surface of the earth. Other aquifers are deep and comprised mainly of sandstone, occurring up to 1300 feet below the surface. The ground water stored in these aquifers is then pumped to surface, treated, fluoridated and distributed from each the city’s five water treatment facilities.

All ground water sources of community water supply are considered to be susceptible to potential pollution issues. While the City of Crystal Lake works hand in hand with the McHenry County Water Resources Division to protect all the ground water of the McHenry County area, there are still many ways that the residents of Crystal Lake can play a role in protecting and preserving the water supply. It is suggested that residents avoid ever disposing of waste down a storm drain as these often run directly to lakes and streams without prior filtration. It is also suggested that, if necessary at all, to keep the use of pesticides or harmful soaps for car washing or the like to a minimum and reduce the use of paved areas on a property and increase vegetation, which will in turn help to keep ground water at its cleanest.

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.

Crystal Lake Contaminants Above Legal Limits

5 Contaminants below legal limits, but above health guidelines.

Crystal Lake Contaminants Above Health Guidelines

19 Contaminants found within health guidelines and legal limits.

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

Local Water Polluters near Crystal Lake, IL

Illinois American Water Co. (3703 South Route 31, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012) – 43 Violations

  • 2005 – 15 permit violations

About Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake, IL MapCrystal Lake, Illinois is located in McHenry County and is named for Juliette Kinzie’s description in her memoir that the lake was “clear as crystal.” The area was first settled by Beman and Polly Tuttle Crandall in early 1836. By 1840, the area was platted by Crandall, Abner Beardsley and Christopher Walkup and the boundaries were determined between Virginia Street, Lake and McHenry Avenues and Dole Avenue.

In 1855, the Village of Nunda was established along with the Chicago, Fond du Lac and St. Paul Railroad, which offered the first direct connection to nearby Chicago. The establishment of a railroad stop in Nunda made the village a commercial hub for McHenry County and Crystal Lake’s current configuration very much reflects the railroad’s influence. A rail spur line was established in 1865 and was built from Crystal Lake to Nunda to transport ice from the lake to Chicago and transport tourists from Chicago.

The two towns saw much of the infrastructure established very early on, with sidewalks being installed in the early 1880s and a water system added to the Village of Nunda in 1899 and then in Crystal Lake in 1912. In 1902, the Nunda Electric Company erected a plant on Walkup Avenue and the Western United Gas and Electric Company began its operations in 1909. Road pavement did not become a permanent fixture in the communities until the mid to late-1920s with the increase popularity of the automobile.

Since the conclusion of World War II, the boundaries of Crystal Lake have changed drastically. More and more individuals have relocated from Chicago to areas that are farther away such as Crystal Lake as they began to desire more open spaces, cheaper land, safer neighborhoods and less traffic. Today, Crystal Lake boasts a population of over 40,000 residents but has no centralized industry within the city’s limits.



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