Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

Most of us don't give much consideration to where our water comes from, but we should.

 

Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) has been making water safety and community education a priority since 2001, years before the water crisis in Flint, Michigan hit the headlines last year. They created a Water Resources Initiative and Committee (WRI) to answer these questions and to analyze the relationship of development in the 60010 area to water resources.

USGS’ Mark Lynch and intern install equipment for the BACOG water levels monitoring program on the well at the South Barrington Conservancy.The Water Resources Initiative and Committee (WRI) are working hard to inventory, document, analyze and articulate the capacity of the region’s water supply. BACOG received a grant allowing them to acquire groundwater monitoring equipment that was installed by the U.S. Geological Survey in Lake Barrington, Deer Park and North Barrington. This equipment allows for real-time water level monitoring that sends reports to the public USGS every 15 minutes.

Click here to take the water survey by April 25

BACOG also champions a Private Well Water Testing Program. Residents of the communities that make up BACOG: Barrington, Barrington Hills, North Barrington, Lake Barrington, South Barrington, Tower Lakes and the Barrington and Cuba Townships; can pick up testing kits to determine the quality of water in their homes.

Learn more about water testing and where to get kits here

The Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) is a voluntary organization of elected officials representing Barrington, Barrington Hills, Barrington Township, Cuba Township, Lake Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Tower Lakes. Together they have been working on mutually beneficial environmental planning and regional cooperative initiatives for over 40 years.

Learn about more of BACOG's efforts here

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