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
For More InformationIDNR website
SourceIllinois Department of Natural Resources web page
Did You Know...Many thousands of improperly abandoned wells are threatening groundwater in Illinois. If not properly sealed, abandoned wells can directly channel contaminated surface or soil water into groundwater. This water bypasses the purifying action normally taking place in the upper layers of the soil. Because groundwater flows in soil and rock formations, contamination can move to nearby drinking water wells. Your local health department or a licensed water well contractor can provide assistance on sealing abandoned water wells.
PSL pages last modified January 16, 2013.