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Water in McHenry, 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

McHenry, IL Water Information

Website: http://www.ci.mchenry.il.us/

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McHenry,_Illinois

Water in McHenry, Illinois


McHenry, IL gets 100 percent of its water supply from ground water which includes private, public and drinking water supplies. Groundwater is found in geological formations called aquifers. McHenry depends on groundwater for all its municipal and residential needs. Residents within the municipal areas get their water from municipal agencies while residents living in unincorporated areas rely on their own private wells. Since the city relies only on ground water aquifers, it is projected that ground water shortages are expected in the next 10 to 20 years. The city has been preparing for the water shortage crisis for some time and established a Groundwater Protection Task Force, which developed an action plan and conservation ordinances.

McHenry’s water comes from 11 deep wells. In the most recent water quality report, the EPA found one water facility to be susceptible to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contamination. VOCs are a dangerous contaminant of groundwater, usually introduced by careless industrial practices. VOCs create a risk for a number of health risks, especially for nursing and pregnant mothers.

5 Contaminants below legal limits, but above health guidelines.

McHenry Water Contaminants Above Health Limit

16 Contaminants found within health guidelines and legal limits.

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

Local Water Polluters near McHenry, IL

Village of McHenry Central STP (3306 Waukegan Road, McHenry, Illinois 60050) – 40 Violations

  • 2004 – 4 effluent violations and 5 permit violations
  • 2005 – 20 effluent violations
  • 2006 – 1 compliance schedule violation


About McHenry

Map of McHenry, IllinoiaMcHenry, IL, is located approximately 45 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop. Major William McHenry originally led an expeditionary group through the area in the early 1830s, which led to the settlement of Fox River Valley. Also during this time, the hamlet of McHenry was developed along the west bank of the Fox River, which was previously an old Indian fjord. During this time, the Boone, McCullom, McLean, and Wheeler families were an important part of building the community.

By the late 1830s, a ferryboat, hotel, and sawmill were all in operation. Legislation officially creating McHenry was signed into law in 1837. The village served as a county seat for seven years, ending in 1844. Townspeople dammed a nearby creek, now known as Boone Creek, and established gristmills along its banks. Additionally, a wagon road entered the area, coming from the south, in 1851. In the early to mid-1860s, the famous Riverside Hotel was established, which still exists in the county.

The village of Fox River Valley was officially incorporated in 1872 with less than 800 residents in the area. Despite the small population numbers, McHenry continued to flourish from a commerce standpoint. By the mid-1870s, the village boasted seven churches and over 80 businesses including a brewery, seven saloons, flour mills, harness makers, and a pickle factory. The McHenry Plaindealer, the town’s local newspaper, began publication in 1875 and continued publication until 1985.

McHenry County grew slowly over the next 50 years and during the 1920s became a well-known resort destination. Summer cottages began to spring up along the Fox River with trains full of vacationers arriving to the area every summer. Some of the town’s attractions included tours of the local lotus beds and many concerts that took place in the area’s pavilions. During this time, the boat building industry also began to grow (marine recreation remains an important part of McHenry County).

McHenry continues to grow in many directions – in 1995, the areas corporate boundaries grew east past the Fox River for the first time and the city now boasts seven different commercial centers without any significant, distinct core area. While commerce in the area continues to grow, traffic continues to be a problem for McHenry. With the Fox River being its main attraction, the lack of access to the river itself causes major traffic backups during the peak of the tourist season.



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