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Lindenhurst IL

The Lindenhurst IL Water Treatment Department maintains 51 miles of water mains, and 10 water wells that can deliver over 400 million gallons of water.

The city wells are drilled into sand and gravel aquifers (an aquifer is a geological formation that contains water). Residents should be aware that groundwater is considered hard and could cause white spots on fixtures, dishes, glassware, etc. Groundwater also contains iron, which may leave mineral deposits on clothes, porcelain products and may occasionally cause discolored water. Although water hardness and iron can cause aesthetic concerns with the water, it poses no adverse health effects and is safe to drink.

Lindenhurst Water Hardness

Lindenhurst water hardness ranges averages 25gpg. The water is rated as extremely hard by the USGS, and is almost 5x harder than the national average. A professional-grade Water Softener is a smart investment that will protect your home’s plumbing and appliances from hard water damage.

Annual Water Quality Reports

Water quality can change from year-to-year. Our database of Annual Water Quality Reports will give you a better idea of “what’s in your water”:

2011 Lindenhurst Annual Water Quality Report

The contaminants in these reports have been listed by category below. All contaminants are within Legal Limits. Water contaminants that exceed the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG), aka Health Limit, have been highlighted below:

Inorganic Contaminants

Inorganics include salts and metals like hard water and copper. Inorganics are mostly consumed through drinking water, and do not pass through skin. A Reverse Osmosis System is very effective at removing inorganic contaminants.

Contaminant Levels Found Health Limit Legal Limit Potential Effects
Arsenic 4.5 – 6.12 0ppb 10 Skin damage or problems with circulatory system, may have increased risk of cancer
Barium 0.09 – 0.11 2ppm 2 Increase in blood pressure
Hardness 25 NA gpg NA Increased energy consumption, damage to plumbing, appliances, fixtures, clothing
Iron 0.39 – 0.496 NA ppm 0.3 Increased energy consumption, damage to plumbing, appliances, fixtures, clothing
Manganese 4.5 50ppb 50 Black staining, decreased IQ in children

Organic Contaminants

Organics can be natural, or manmade. Many organic chemicals easily pass through the skin, and make a Whole House Carbon Filter or a DMT Hybrid System a good preventative tool.

Contaminant Levels Found Health Limit Legal Limit Potential Effects
Benzo(a)pyrene 0.01 – 0.07 0ppb 0.2 Reproductive difficulties, increased risk of cancer
Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate 0.2 – 1.19 NA ppb 9000 Increased risk of cancer, inhalation poses highest risk
Dichloromethane 0.16 – 2.0 0ppb 5 Liver problems, increased risk of cancer
Hexachlorobenzene 0.047 0ppb 1 Liver or kidney problems, reproductive difficulties, increased risk of cancer

Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts

Disinfectants are added to kill bacteria. A new class of compounds are formed when disinfectants like chlorine react with other water contaminants. Many of these enter the body through inhalation, absorption through skin, and through drinking water.

Contaminant Levels Found Health Limit Legal Limit Potential Effects
Chlorine 0.7667 – 1.0687 4.0ppm 4 Eye/nose irritation; stomach discomfort
Haloacetic Acids 21 – 23 0ppb 60 Increased risk of cancer
Total Trihalomethanes 35 – 50 0ppb 80 Liver, kidney or central nervous system problems; increased risk of cancer

Radionucliides

Radionucliides can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. These can be inhaled, or consumed through drinking water.

Contaminant Levels Found Health Limit Legal Limit Potential Effects
Alpha Emitters 0.49 – 2.0 0pCi/L 15 Increased risk of cancer
Combined Radium 1.08 – 1.85 0pCi/L 5 Increased risk of cancer

This information was compiled from City Water Quality Reports, the EPA, Illinois Department of Health, and the Environmental Working Group. Please contact us if any contaminants are missing, or levels that differ from those outlined on this page.

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