Wauconda Residents Worry About Drinking
By Mike Parker
Published August 31st, 2004
WAUCONDA (CBS 2) People in a northwest suburb believe
they've got trouble flowing from their tap. They fear
their drinking water may contain cancer causing toxins
and a landfill may be to blame.
In the 50's, 60's and 70's , a number of companies dumped
their toxic waste in a Wauconda landfill. Now some people
who live nearby are worried about the federal EPA’s discovery
that at least one toxic substance has been found in the
underground water pool or aquifer that feeds wells in
some areas of town.
"What these folks learned beginning in March of
this year is vinyl chloride, which causes cancer is in
their drinking water," said Attorney Shawn Collins.
Some 150 families in Wauconda’s Hillcrest subdivision
are demanding that the federal government do something
to get clean water flowing into the area.
"My taxes have gone up and up while my property
value has gone down and down," said resident Karen
"The human beings most likely harmed by chemicals
like vinyl chloride are these beautiful young children
that you see around here," Collins said.
Hillcrest resident Joe Anderson no longer trusts his
tap water and now has his children drinking bottled water
only. The family goes through a lot of it.
"I’m trying to be a dad, be a father and look out
for my kids. And do everything I can to possibly protect
them," Anderson said.
Anderson is not alone. Bottled water delivery trucks
are a common sight in the subdivision.
The neighbors who've banded together say they're hoping
the federal government will help them get Lake Michigan
water flowing soon through their taps.
Residents say tapping into the Wauconda municipal supply
won't work because the village uses the same underground
aquifers they say are contaminated.
A landfill industry group says its testing shows only
a few of the wells in the area are slightly above the
EPA danger zone for vinyl chloride.