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Assessment of Total Chromium in
Illinois Community Water Supplies
In response to the Environmental Working Group's recent report on the presence of chromium-6
in drinking water, U.S. EPA will work with state and local officials to better determine the
prevalence of this contaminant. Illinois EPA believes that it is very important that we start
with a sound understanding and assessment of what we know relative to total chromium in
Illinois ground and surface water (including Lake Michigan) used as a source of public water
supply. The Illinois EPA has prepared a fact sheet entitled
"Assessment of Total Chromium in Illinois Community Water Supplies"
which references data for drinking water quality for total chromium, as well as source water
quality for total chromium from surface water and groundwater sources.
State Revolving Fund Recommendations Released
The Illinois EPA has released draft recommendations for the development of new guidelines,
procedures and regulations for the State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs in Illinois. The SRF
programs, which include the Water Pollution Control (WPCLP) and Public Water Supply (PWSLP)
loan programs for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects, are revolving loan
programs that utilize program repayments, in concert with ongoing state and federal funding
support, to provide a perpetual financing source for environmental infrastructure projects
in communities around the State. Federal policy changes in recent years have led to a
number of program changes at the state level, including two major rules revisions that
carried with them a variety of program efficiencies and significant shifts in program
philosophy. With an eye toward the future, the Illinois EPA established the Water Pollution
Control and Public Water Supply Advisory Committees earlier this year to assist with the
task of refining these recent changes and realigning the programs within the framework of
federal requirements and guidance on the SRF programs. The Illinois EPA will use these
recommendations, with continued input from the advisory committees, as a set of guiding
principles in more closely aligning the SRF programs with evolving industry standards, and
in maximizing the future of effective clean water and public water supply operations in
FY 2011 Small Systems Compliance Grant Program
The Small Systems Compliance
Grant (SSCG) program is a new opportunity for small community water supplies (small systems)
that are in noncompliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and state drinking water requirements,
to receive funding from the Illinois EPA to construct projects that will remedy system
deficiencies and bring them back into compliance.
Nutrient Summit Held
The impact of excess nitrogen and phosphorus in rivers, lakes, streams
and the Gulf of Mexico has become a very high profile water quality issue.
Under the right conditions, nutrients can cause excessive algal blooms,
low oxygen and nuisance conditions that adversely impact aquatic life,
drinking water and recreational uses of the water. A Nutrient Summit was
held on September 13-14, 2010, at the University of Illinois-Springfield.
Invitees included over 250 people representing government, environmental
groups, municipal and industrial wastewater dischargers, agricultural groups,
academia, non-governmental organizations, and consulting firms with an
interest in the topic of nutrient pollution.
The intent of the Summit was to present factual information as well as
various stakeholder perspectives.
Operator Certification Examination Schedule:
Water and Waste
Waterare now available.
recently announced the 2012
Illinois Clean Water Initiative for affordable drinking water and wastewater infrastructure
upgrades in Illinois. $1 billion in additional financing will be available for loans from the
Illinois EPA for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
Private Well Sampling
Results in Village of McCollum Lake
An Illinois EPA analysis of private well sample results in the Village of McCollum Lake and
related hydrogeological evaluation is now available.
When an emergency strikes, inadequate preparation can cause a small problem to escalate quickly
into a disaster. Having the proper information in easily accessible locations, being able to
obtain the resources needed to address the emergency, and communicating among individuals within
the public water supply service area are important keys to address any emergency.
Searchable DMR Data
Searchable historic Discharge Monitoring Reporting Data.
Drinking Water Watch
The Drinking Water Watch Web Portal allows citizens to directly access drinking water monitoring
data and other information for community water systems in Illinois. The information is of interest
not only to consumers of the water supply but nearby private well owners can also quickly check on
potential contamination threats.
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO)
Despite substantial improvements in the nation's water quality since the inception of the Clean
Water Act, nearly 40 percent of the nation's assessed waters show impairments from a wide range
of sources. Improper management of manure from CAFOs is among the many contributors to remaining
water quality problems.
Safe Drinking Water Information System
View SDWIS Monitoring Schedules and Consumer Confidence Reports specific to your water system.
The eDMR System has been developed so that NPDES permittees with a
computer and an Internet connection can complete, sign, submit, edit, and re-submit eDMR forms
Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act, requires the Illinois EPA to assess and evaluate
using green infrastructure to help manage stormwater in Illinois. Illinois EPA is currently
working with the University of Illinois Chicago to undertake research to assess effective best
management practices, green infrastructure standards and institutional and policy frameworks to
support the development of a Green Infrastructure Plan for Illinois.