Wells: The City of Sycamore utilizes five (5) groundwater wells to supply over 1.8 million gallons per day to both residential and non-residential accounts. These wells are approximately 1,000 feet deep. Water is pumped from deep underground, then treated immediately after it is pumped and before it enters the City's watermains.
Towers: Two water towers help to maintain pressure and provide emergency reserve capacity in case of a fire, watermain break, or well outage.
South tower capacity: 750,000 gallons
North tower capacity: 1,500,000 gallons
Watermain: There are 115 miles of watermain throughout the City. City watermains are cast iron, ductile iron, and plastic.
Water services: At the point it meets a water service, water leaves the public system. Private lines are connected to the City's mains and provide water to each residence or business. Water services can be constructed of copper, lead, galvanized, or plastic piping.
Sycamore uses a Water Remediation Technology (WRT) filter system at four of the City wells to remove radium and barium to meet levels as mandated by the EPA. These are naturally occurring compounds and consistent with water from deep wells.
Phosphate, fluoride, and chlorine are added.
Phosphate does not remove iron, but it keeps it in solution to minimize discoloration. It also coats the interior of metal pipes to prevent corrosion.
Fluoride is added to promote development of strong teeth.
Chlorine is added for disinfection.
In 2024, the City will begin construction on a new treatment system for Well 7. This new system will utilize hydrous manganese oxide (HMO). This treatment involves the addition of a chemical to precipitate radium (and iron) then pass through a filter for removal.
Yes, the City of Sycamore complies with all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sampling and testing standards. The results of tests confirm that the City of Sycamore water meets or exceeds all EPA drinking water requirements and is safe for consumption. Please contact Public Works with questions at 815-895-3545.