2018 Rosemont Water Quality Annual Report
Rosemont met state and federal standards for water quality in 2018, according to the village’s 2018 water quality annual report.
The water report covers Rosemont starting in January 2018 through the end of December 2018. The report from the Rosemont Public Works Department outlines the steps taken to ensure residents are provided with safe, high-quality drinking water.
The report, also known as the Consumers Confidence Report, presents the results of water tests and samples from the village’s public works department, Rosemont Water and Sewer Department, and the City of Chicago.
The Water Department follows the guidelines for water sampling set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to the report.
The village monitors the drinking water on a daily basis and sample on a bi-monthly basis. The village also remains on a three-year testing cycle for lead and copper. Enviro-Test/Perry Laboratories, Inc. in Willowbrook analyzes the bi-monthly samples, and P.D.C. Laboratories, Inc. in Peoria analyzes lead, copper and disinfectant/disinfection by-products samples.
Water is tested for organic and inorganic contaminants and by-products, including chlorine, haloacetic acids, total trihalomethanes, sulfate, sodium, fluoride, barium, nitrate and radium.
According to the report, as water travels over the land’s surface or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material. Water can also pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or human activity, such as agriculture or mining.
The report notes it is reasonable to assume drinking water, including bottled water, may contain small amounts of some contaminants, but the presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. The EPA sets limits on how much of a particular contaminant is permissible in drinking water.
Public works Director Mike Raimondi explained that Rosemont’s water is purchased from the City of Chicago. When Chicago pumps Lake Michigan water from the city’s water cribs, the water is transported via feeder tube down Bryn Mawr Avenue. That tube feeds the south tank and down Williams Street. From Williams Street it flows to the iconic rose water tower and then to the village’s north tank. In between the rose water tower and the north tank is a 14,000-gallon storage tank, Raimondi said.
According to the City of Chicago website, the Department of Water Management provides nearly one billion gallons of water a day to Chicagoland communities, including Rosemont.
Rosemont residents who have questions regarding the village’s water quality, the water report or water issues should contact the Rosemont Public Works Department.