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.
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Other Useful Links
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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SourceNational Geographic, November 1993, Special Edition: Water, page 57.
Did You Know...Some of the first irrigation systems in what is now the United States were devised as early as A.D. 300. The Hohokam, desert dwellers, etched mysterious petroglyphs into volcanic andesite in present-day Saguaro National Monument outside Tucson. They used stone and wood tools to dig canals from the Salt and Gila Rivers. Mats woven of brush, strategically placed, helped direct the water flow to cornfields.
PSL pages last modified October 27, 2014.