What is the Water Quality in Wheaton, Illinois?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Wheaton water quality ranks in the lower-middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 18 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Chloroform is at very high levels: 46x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Wheaton water.
What’s in Wheaton 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
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 18 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
10 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Wheaton have Lead contamination?
No, Wheaton does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations of 0.0 parts per billion (ppb).
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 Wheaton’s water come from?
Wheaton’s water comes from the Middle West Branch Du Page River watershed.
All five of the water sources in the Middle West Branch Du Page River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Klein Creek
- Kress Creek
- Sanctuary Pond
- West Branch Du Page River
- Winfield Creek
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Wheaton’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Wheaton can be surprising and downright scary.
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 68% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 17 of the 18 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Chromium (total)
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.wheaton.il.us/ to find contact information for your local officials.