Village of River Grove Water Department


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Water Quality

The Village of River Grove purchases water directly from the City of Chicago via its connection on Belmont Avenue. The water is delivered to the Village’s underground reservoir. The Village then pumps the water into its distribution system.

The water treatment facilities of the City of Chicago control the water quality supplied to Village. The Village of River Grove provides additional chlorine to the water to maintain the quality as delivered to them.

The Village of River Grove tests the water supply for chlorine content on a daily basis in order to make sure the optimum levels required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency are met. The Village also takes monthly bacteriological samples, lead samples taken and passed in 2011. Haloacetic Acid and Trichalomethane samples quarterly and biweekly samples at the entry point, as well as quarterly water quality samples.

If you have any questions concerning your water system, please contact JOHN BJORVIK - Superintendent of Water at 708.452.7055.


Water Quality Report

This report summarizes the quality of water that we provided last year 2011. New reports that come out in June, are for the previous year (hence the report arriving June 2013 will be for the previous year 2012). This report will include details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to standards set by regulatory agencies. 

Water Quality Data 
In addition to the informational section of the Water Quality Report, we have included for your review several tables. The tables will give you a better picture of the contaminants that were detected in your water and the contaminants that were tested for but not detected.

To view the complete report Water quality report for River Grove



The Village owns all main street sewer lines that buildings are connected to.  The sewer line from the main to the building was built by the builder and is therefore the responsibility of the building owner.

Water service lines, the resident owns the line from the water shut off (B-box) in the parkway to his home.  The Village owns and maintains the B-box and water meter on this line.

Ways to Saving Water and reduce your costs


  • To verify that your home is leak-free discover hidden water leaks. Read your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.

  • Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year.

  • Retrofit all wasteful household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version

  • Check for toilet tank leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear within 30 minutes. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available and easily installed. (Flush as soon as test is done, since food coloring may stain tank.)

  • If the toilet flush handle frequently sticks in the flush position, letting water run constantly, replace or adjust it.

  • Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.


  • Don't over water your lawn. As a general rule, lawns only need watering every 5 to 7 days in the summer. A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks.

  •  Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.

  • Install sprinklers that are the most water-efficient for each use. Micro and drip irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of water-efficient methods of irrigation.

  • Raise the lawn mower blade to at least three inches. A lawn cut higher encourages grass roots to grow deeper, shades the root system and holds soil moisture better than a closely-clipped lawn.

  • Mulch to retain moisture in the soil. Mulching also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water.

  • Use hose washers between spigots and water hoses to eliminate leaks

  • Do not leave sprinklers or hoses unattended. Your garden hoses can pour out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours, so don't leave the sprinkler running all day. Use a kitchen timer to remind yourself to turn it off.

  • If you have a swimming pool, consider a new water-saving pool filter. A single back flushing with a traditional filter uses from l80 to 250 gallons or more of water.

Report all significant water losses (broken pipes, open hydrants, errant sprinklers, etc.) to the property owner or Water dept.

 A few tips to help you keep your water pipes from freezing.

  • Outside water spigots should be shut down and drained, unless you have freeze-proof spigots.
  • Water pipes and meter should be exposed to heated rooms, not behind closed closet doors or paneling.
  • Water pipes running along exterior walls should be wrapped with insulation.
  • If your home is on a cement slab (no basement) insulate all water pipes in the crawl space.
  • Check for holes or cracks in the walls of the crawl space and fill these with insulation or caulk.
  • In extremely cold weather all residents should run a slow trickle of water from a faucet, as running water will not freeze.




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