Shorewood’s water system honored
By Clare walters For The Herald-News November 5, 2012 10:30AM
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:20AM
SHOREWOOD — Residents are drinking award-winning water.
The village is one of 81 Illinois community water systems to receive a fluoridation award from Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for maintaining state-mandated fluoride levels for the last five years.
While the 2011 awards were announced in March, Mayor Richard Chapman recently presented the village’s water department employees with the award and thanked them for watching the village’s water system closely.
“We turn our water on and we expect it to be there,” he said. “We expect it to be clean and sanitary. But, there are people behind the scenes. I’m really proud of the people who work in our water department.”
To earn the award, a community water system must maintain fluoride levels of 0.9 to 1.2 parts per million. Drinking fluoridated water from birth can reduce tooth decay by 40 percent to 65 percent, according to information from the public health department.
Shorewood is one of 15 Will County water systems earning perfect compliance for 2011.
In other business, the village board approved an intergovernmental agreement with Will County for participation in its Pharmaceutical Take-Back Program. Periodically the police department will host events in which it collects pharmaceuticals and ensure their safe and proper destruction.
Materials accepted in pharmaceutical drop-offs include prescription and over-the-counter medications, medicated shampoos, soaps and creams, pressurized inhalers, medicated aerosol products, mercury thermometers and blood pressure units.
Unacceptable items include controlled substances, sharps or needles, illegal drugs, household hazardous waste, non-pressurized materials, cylinders and alcohol thermometers.