For over 20 years, Northern Illinois Water Works in Sycamore Illinois has been striving to provide clear, easy-to-understand water softener systems for hard water problems, that work. We do this with a quality Hellenbrand product line, and with our factory trained service technicians. If you need a water softener system for hard water, whether you are in Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia, Belvidere, or any of the many other surrounding areas that we service, we have the soft water solution. At Northern Illinois Water Works, we specialize in all types of water treatment options, including soft water (water softeners), iron filters (Hellenbrand Iron Curtain system), sulfur filters, drinking water systems (reverse osmosis) and are happy to help you find the one that suits your needs best.

Northern Illinois Water Works
2155 Oakland Drive, Sycamore IL 60178

Click on a common water problem below to learn more about how we can fix it for you!

Below are several common water problems in Northern Illinois. Many customers have more than one.

Water Hardness

Hard Water contains dissolved calcium, magnesium and in many cases iron. Most home have hard water, whether it is supplied by a private well or a municipality. In many cases, homeowners don’t realize they have hard water or the constant and expensive harm it causes. Dry skin and hair, bathtub rings, spots on glasses, silverware and fixtures dull, dingy, clothing, disappointing performance and shortened life expectancy of water-using appliances are all problems frequently caused by hard water.

Sulfur Odor

In its pristine state, water is colorless, tasteless and odorless. So, if your water tastes or smells funny, you owe it to yourself to find out why. A common source of smelly water is hydrogen sulfide (sulfur). Hydrogen sulfide is a corrosive gas which has the characteristic odor of rotten eggs. If present in high enough concentrations, it can leave an unpleasant odor on hair and clothing. It can also accelerate corrosion of metal parts in appliances. Both an earthy and metallic taste to your water are also common issues.


Since the 1850’s, chlorine has been used as a disinfectant to kill harmful bacteria in water itself or in the pipes that transport it. Although it has helped end a number of major threats to public health and is essential as the treatment plant and in the water distribution system, it is no longer necessary once the water reaches your home. Though chlorine is vital for stopping the spread of disease, its benefits come at a price. Chlorine tastes and smells bad. It dries skin and hair, fades clothes (bleach is made of chlorine), and can dry out the rubber seals in appliances, shortening their lives.


Water is a natural solvent and given the needed time and conditions, it will dissolve into anything it comes into contact with. That’s why, depending on where you live, your water can contain iron or manganese which can cause rusty-orange or black staining. you’ll see the stains on clothing, fixtures, sinks, tubs, water using appliances & toilets.

Slime Bacteria

Iron bacteria is the common name used for a number of naturally-occurring organisms that feed on dissolved iron or manganese. The slimy deposits this bacteria leaves behind is unattractive and can clog devices and appliances that use water. Iron bacteria also leaves behind an unpleasant odor.

Whether you are on a well or have municipal water, no water supply is created equal.

If your concern is a contaminant in your water, such as pharmaceuticals or lead, or if you have more general issues such as iron, odor, bacteria or hard water – we are able to test and determine what the problem is exactly, and what product would best solve the issue.

We are happy to provide FREE onsite water testing, or you can schedule an appointment, and bring a water sample to us. If you have multiple issues, or require more thorough testing, we also partner with several off-site certified labs that can produce more detailed results. With these results we can tailor a system for your specific needs. We know the value of a quality product that works and lasts many years and how it can bring peace of mind to a busy homeowner. We have the knowledge and expertise to install water softener systems for hard water problems.

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Northern Illinois Water Works
2155 Oakland Dr., Sycamore, IL 60178 815.899.4433
An Authorized Hellenbrand Dealer