State Water Survey
2204 Griffith Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
|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.|
Each year about 1,500 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
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"Fun" Water Pages
For More Information
Source"50 Ways Farmers Can Protect Their Groundwater", University of Illinois, College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service C1324, 1993, page 138.
Did You Know...Blue-baby syndrome is the common term for methemoglobinemia, a condition which usually happens when babies are fed formula made with well water containing high levels of nitrate. Before infants reach about 6 months of age, bacteria in their stomachs can convert nitrate to nitrite. Nitrite enters the bloodstream and changes hemoglobin--an oxygen carrier--into methemoglobin, which cannot transport oxygen. As a result, the baby's body has a more difficult time transporting oxygen through its blood. In severe cases, the syndrome can cause death.
PSL pages last modified January 16, 2013.