Drinking Water Information
Public Water Users
- Public Water Supply users — Notices
that have been given by Illinois EPA to the public and to water supply operators
about groundwater contamination found in PWS wells – beginning in
August 2009 – per the additional Right-to-Know legislation to strengthen
the notification process.
- Drinking Water Watch — Drinking
Water Watch provides online information on the quality of water produced
by community water supplies in Illinois - both from surface water and groundwater.
In cases where community water supplies make use of groundwater wells,
any contamination found may also pose a threat of impacts to private
water wells that make use of the same source of groundwater.
The Drinking Water Watch Web Portal allows citizens to directly access
drinking water monitoring data and other information for community water
systems in Illinois.
Citizens and officials can click on a county map or enter the name of
a community and pull up all the compliance monitoring data for the supply
and any violation information. An administrative contact for the supply
that citizens can call for further information is also included. Although
water supplies are required to directly notify customers of any violations
of federal drinking water standards and provide an annual Consumer Confidence
Report, the web site increases the accessibility of information to the
Private Water Users
- Private Well User Information — Notices
and news releases provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health
to alert private well users to groundwater contamination that may impact
Water Well Initiative — There are several hundred thousand
individual private wells in use across Illinois for which the owners have
responsibility for ensuring the water is safe and healthy. A new fact sheet
on the importance of private well owners doing regular testing for potential
contaminants, including volatile organic compound chemicals, and
other useful information, such as a list of certified laboratories
and Illinois Department of Public Health and county health department
assistance is now available at the link above.