Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Is Woodstock water safe?

This week hydrants are being flushed in Woodstock, and I saw one just down the block running wide open about 10:15AM. When I returned home and after I flushed the toilet, I noticed the brown water filling the toilet bowl.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm heading over to Jewel to buy bottled water. I am not going to drink water that looks like it is from an unflushed toilet, and I'm not washing dishes, clothes or brushing teeth with it.

According to the City's website, hydrant flushing west of Route 47 will continue all week, and then next week residents and businesses east of Route 47 will get their fair share of dirty water.

The City of Woodstock says the water is safe to drink, but they caution you about washing your clothes in "discolored" water. Well, I want to know what causes the discoloration and whether the water is really safe to drink.

Will Dorr Township test this water? I can pick up a testing bottle at Dorr Township, but they are the agent for the McHenry County Health Department. I called the Health Department and it reluctantly agreed to test a water sample; they usually don't test City water.

In the meantime, tested or not, I do not intend to drink "discolored" water!


Gus said...

Upon picking up the collection container for a water sample test, I found the price sheet. How about $23.00 for the Standard Test (Bacterial)?

Is it worth it (to me)? No! I'll just buy a few gallons of water at Jewel.

However, I'll suggest to the City that it ought to collect samples of the brown water around town and test it - and reveal the test results.

JOHN said...


Gus said...

Thanks, John. Someone (from the City) already did.

"The discoloration and change in water appearance is from sediments that are stirred up inside of the water mains due to the flushing. The purpose of the flushing is to remove as much of these sediments from the system as possible. The water system remains a closed system and all water has already been treated and disinfected. The City systematically and routinely tests the water pursuant to IEPA requirements and this is an on-going process."

In response, I asked the City to collect water samples from selected residents' homes, when it is brown and murky, and then test THAT to see if it is safe for drinking or washing dishes or brushing teeth.