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Chicago Water Quality: Then & Now
Chicago became a bustling metropolis during the Industrial Revolution, attracting workers from far and wide to the Midwest. But a growing population would soon lead to industrial, animal, and human waste polluting the surrounding Chicago River and Lake Michigan. By the 1850s (and after several cholera epidemics), city planners recognized the critical need to create a reliable source of clean Chicago drinking water.
Originally, waste discharged into the Chicago River found its way into Lake Michigan, carried by heavy rain or melting snow. The construction of four channels, including the 28-mile Sanitary and Ship Canal, reversed the flow of waste to carry sewage away from Lake Michigan.
In 1861, the Chicago Board of Public Works began construction of an extensive water system that remains in use today. A 2-mile tunnel excavated under Lake Michigan allowed clean water intake protected by a “crib” – a structure that surrounds the intake shaft from possible pollutants. Engineers and miners toiled 24 hours a day, 6 days a week to finish the construction of the Two Mile Crib within a year. Six additional cribs were added over the next 50 years: Carter H. Harrison, Edward F. Dunne, Wilson Avenue, and William E. Dever.
Today, Lake Michigan provides almost one billion gallons of water to local residents of Chicago and 125 surrounding communities. Many of the original cribs and pipes remain in use. These old, cast iron water pipes may crack, rust, and corrode, exposing drinking water to a number of potential impurities, like cloudiness, brown water, off-tastes, and odors. Although Chicago water quality continues to exceed state and federal requirements, a Chicago Tribune analysis recently discovered that Chicago tap water may contain lead contamination due to service lines made of the toxic metal.
Quench Water Coolers –
A Better Drinking Water System for Chicago
Worried about the impurities that may have seeped into your local Chicago drinking water, including sediment and chemical contaminants from the cast iron and toxic metal pipes? We are too, and that’s why we’re here to help. Quench offers a full complement of water filtration and sanitization technologies to remove sediment, reduce chemical contaminants, including lead, and get rid of off-tastes and odors. Depending on your local water quality, your Quench Water Expert may recommend our NSF-certified carbon filtration, which works great for water with TDS (total dissolved solids) levels under 250 ppm (parts per million) or our NSF-certified reverse osmosis (RO) filtration, which is the gold standard for water with TDS levels over 250 ppm. By creating a customized water filtration solution and tailoring your installation and service needs for your business, we can guarantee that Quench office water coolers produce crisp, clean, great-tasting water – and at a fraction of the price of bottled water delivery services. Go bottle free with Quench and you will save time, money, and the environment, plus you will have better tasting and safer drinking water!
Quench Proudly Serves More Than 60,000 Customers Nationwide
I want to thank the team at Quench for the quick, professional installation of our new water system. You and your installation team made the process very simple and timely from start to finish. I highly recommend your product as an alternative to water bottles!
Nationwide Service with Local Presence
Quench’s dedicated customer team stands behind every installation. You’ll always find a well-trained, friendly human at the other end of the phone, and all service is performed by insured, certified Quench-badged technicians. Our customer service promise includes proactive preventive maintenance, filter changes, and all service and support. We worry about your drinking water, so you don’t have to.
Proudly serving businesses with clean, filtered drinking water in the greater Chicago Metro Area, including Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, Lake County, McHenry County, and Will County.
Quench Filtration Solutions
For over 20 years, Quench has focused exclusively on providing businesses with the highest quality filtered water. This commitment to doing one thing well has made us the trusted water authority for over 50% of the Fortune 500. We offer the best bottleless water coolers, ice machines, sparkling water dispensers, and coffee brewers to fit any workplace. No matter your location, company size, or industry, we have a filtered water solution that is right for you!