Public Service Laboratory, Illinois State Water Survey

Public Service Laboratory

Illinois State Water Survey
2204 Griffith Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820

Daniel Webb
Kaye Surratt
Monte Wilcoxon
RuthAnn Nichols
Jennifer Tester
Tanya Grandt
Omar Ali
Rita Bargon
Claire Williams
Malcolm Cole
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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Tour the Laboratory and see
the chemists at work!

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Visit our PSL History Page

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Download our brochure
(trifold, 2-sided)

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Other Useful Links

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
      Division of Research Safety
      Illinois Cooperative Extension Service.
      Illinois State Geological Survey Illinois Water Well Interactive Map
      Illinois Water Resources Center

Illinois Department of Public Health
     Water Wells: Fact sheets, forms, and codes
     General Publications, including
     After the Flood (gives well disinfection instructions)
     List/map of local health departments, by region

American Water Works Association

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
     Illinois EPA Homepage
     Combined List of IL EPA accredited laboratories, with analysis details
     List of IL EPA accredited laboratories, names & contact info, by region
     IL EPA Drinking Water Watch
     US EPA Drinking Water Standards

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water
      Drinking Water and Health

Arsenic-Specific Information
     Illinois State Water Survey: Arsenic in Illinois Groundwater
     Illinois State Water Survey: Arsenic, Background & Treatment
     Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry: Public Health Statement for Arsenic
     National Sanitation Foundation: Arsenic in Drinking Water
     Oregon Health Authority: Arsenic Removal from Private Wells
     Mass. Dept. of Env. Protection: Arsenic in Private Well Water
     New Jersey Geological Survey: Arsenic Water Treatment for Residential Wells
     New Jersey Dept. of Env. Protection: Arsenic in Drinking Water

Bacteria-Specific Information
     Bacteria in Private Wells: Information Every Well Owner Should Know
     US EPA: Fecal Baceria
     IL Dept of Public Health: Well Sampling for Coliform and Nitrate
     NC Dept of Health & Human Services: Coliform Bacteria

Mississippi State University Extension Service
      General Publications

     Illinois Lake Management Association
     Well disinfection instructions from Minnesota Department of Health

"Fun" Water Pages
      Questions and Answers from the USGS
      Drinking Water Activities for Kids and Teachers, from the US EPA
      Fun Facts & Water Trivia from the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

For More Information

IDNR website


Illinois Department of Natural Resources web site

Did You Know...

The Mississippi River is the largest river in the United States, carrying about 40 percent of all the nation's rainfall to the sea. It discharges about 620,000 cubic feet per second into the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information or to provide feedback about this page, please contact Jennifer Tester or Dan Webb.

PSL pages last modified October 27, 2014.

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