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IL Department Of Public Health Tells South Elgin Residents To Test Their Water

On March 9th, the Illinois Department of Public Health warned residents who obtain their drinking water from private wells in the South Elgin, Kane County, Illinois area (east of Randall Road, south of the College Green Road, west of the Fox River, and north of Hopps Road) to test their water for possible groundwater contamination.  IDPH stated that “routine testing of South Elgin community water supply wells by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) indicates contaminants could be present in the area’s private wells.”

Specifically, “the contaminant tetrachloroethylene was detected at levels lower than the Illinois Groundwater Standard.  Although the contaminant’s levels were lower than the standard, this is the same groundwater that serves private wells and it is possible the levels of the contaminants may be higher in private wells.

For more information, including a list of certified testing laboratories, IDPH recommends contacting: (1) Joe O’Connor, IDPH West Chicago Regional Office, 245 West Roosevelt Road, Bldg 5, West Chicago, IL 60185, phone (630) 293-6800 or joe.o’ or (2) Tom Schlueter, Kane County Health Department, 1240 North Highland Ave, Suite 26, Aurora, IL 60506, phone (630) 444-3098 or

Despite its warnings, IDPH states that “no violations of State of Illinois or federal drinking water standards have occurred in South Elgin.”

Stay tuned to the Illinois Environmental Law Blog for more news and developments.

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