What is the Water Quality in Bolingbrook, Illinois?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Bolingbrook water quality ranks in the mid range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 19 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Chloroform is at extremely high levels: 48x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Bolingbrook water.
What’s in Bolingbrook water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 19 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
10 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Bolingbrook have Lead contamination?
No, Bolingbrook does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2016 through 2018 showed concentrations of 0.0 parts per billion.
The legal limit for lead is 15 parts per billion. Being well-below this level is a good thing.
Concentrations between 3.8 ppb and 15 ppb put a formula-fed baby at risk of elevated blood lead levels. Read more about the symptoms of Lead in water.
There is no safe level of lead for humans.
The good news is that 99.99% of the lead can be filtered out.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does Bolingbrook’s water come from?
Bolingbrook’s water comes from the Lily Cache Creek watershed.
Three of the four EPA assessed water sources in the Lily Cache Creek watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Lily Cache Creek – one section
- Mink Creek
- Renwick Lake East
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Another section of Lily Cache Creek is in Good condition.
Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:
- Drinking Water
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Bolingbrook’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Bolingbrook can be surprising.
But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your home as well as things you can do at a community level.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 90.9% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 17 of the 19 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
*Chlorination is an effective method of disinfecting/treating drinking water. You can then use a water filter to reduce the effects of chlorination byproducts to get the safest, cleanest water possible.
In Your Community:
Contact your local government officials and put pressure on them to invest in cleaner waterways and upgraded city water filtration and treatment.
Go to: https://www.bolingbrook.com/government to find contact information for your local officials.