State Water Survey
2204 Griffith Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
kit requests: (217) 300-7420
|Among the Water Survey's most important public services are the water analyses provided by the Chemistry and Technology section to citizens of Illinois who own private wells. The Public Service Laboratory (PSL) has a long history of testing well water samples and making recommendations for water problems of all kinds, whether they cause health or economic difficulties, or whether they're simply a nuisance. The data generated by the testing becomes a part of the Survey's record of groundwater quality throughout the state. Where lead (Pb) may be a concern (older homes, especially if lead pipes or solder present), the laboratory can provide additional testing (on unflushed and flushed samples). This lead testing is available to all homeowners in the state (municipal or private well supplies).|
Each year about 1,000 Illinois residents turn to the Water Survey's Chemistry and Technology section for help. A homemaker may bring a sample of wash water that has stained the laundry orange. A farmer may bring a sample of livestock water after noting a high death rate among his piglets. A doctor may submit a sample of the tap water to be used by a patient on a low-sodium diet.
Follow these links for answers to common questions you may have about your water.
Tour the Laboratory and see
Visit our PSL History Page
Download our brochure
Other Useful Links
Private Well Class (.org)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For More InformationN.A.D.P. website
Source"Inside Rain--A Look at the National Atmospheric Deposition Program", NADP brochure 1999-01, and the NADP website
Did You Know..."Acid rain" is a term used to describe wet atmospheric deposition that is acidic. Acidity is determined by the hydrogen ion concentration, which is usually measured as pH, with values <7 being acidic. In 1998, the average pH of Illinois rainwater was about 4.5.
PSL pages last modified May 9, 2016.