Public Service Laboratory, Illinois State Water Survey

Public Service Laboratory

Illinois State Water Survey
2204 Griffith Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
kit requests: (217) 300-7420

Daniel Webb
Kaye Surratt
Monte Wilcoxon
Ruth Ann Nichols
Jennifer Tester
Tanya Grandt
Rita Bargon
Brenda Houy
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.

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 hundreds of 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

Private Well Class (.org)
      Home Page
      Class Resources (many useful links here!)
      Multimedia Learning (podcasts, videos, webinars)

Arsenic-Specific Information
     Illinois State Water Survey: Arsenic in Illinois Groundwater
     Illinois State Water Survey: Arsenic, Background & Treatment
     Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry: Arsenic Public Health Statement
     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

Lead-Specific Information
     US EPA: Lead and Copper Rule, A Quick Reference Guide
     US EPA: Fact sheet: Lead in Drinking Water
     Lead/Copper Rule, guide from Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection
     CDC, Lead in drinking water
     CDC, Lead and drinking water from private wells

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
     List of Accredited Laboratories (IL EPA & IDPH)
     Laboratories for chemical analysis, with analysis details
     Laboratories for microbiological analysis (IDPH)
     Well Water Testing
     IL EPA Drinking Water Watch

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
     US EPA Drinking Water Standards
      Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water
      Drinking Water Contaminant Human Health Effects
      Drinking Water Treatability Database
      Look up your Consumer Confidence Report (public water supplies)

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

Interesting Facts About Water


Jones County, NC, web page

Did You Know...

The first water pipes in the United States were made from fire charred or bored logs.

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

PSL pages last modified April 28, 2017.

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