by Dennis Sullivan
May 2, 2014
Village officials are moving forward on testing a filtration system intended to significantly reduce iron-related stains from village water.
But Trustee Steve Johnson says the start of the 12-week pilot study at Well No. 9 is up to HR Green, a national company specializing in municipal water systems. The company is serving as the village’s consultant on the issue.
“That all hinges on their timing,” Johnson said prior to Monday’s unanimous village board vote to spend up to $55,000 on the study. “We want to get it going sooner, rather than later.”
A successful pilot program would offer support for adding the filtration system produced by the Oxnard, California-based Amiad company to each of the village’s three wells. (Two of the village’s five wells would be used as backups.)
Johnson, who investigated an alternative filtration system last week, said, “We’ve done a lot of due diligence. We’re ready to put our foot forward and see what we’ve got.”
Mayor Mike Einhorn who, with Johnson and Village Administrator Tom Durkin, has been closely involved in the process, previously predicted the test would start in the spring, with results known by July.
Einhorn insists no action would be taken without voter approval, due to the cost. He estimates the filtration system at $4 million, predicting it would add at least $250,000 to Crete’s annual 220,000 debt load.
In an earlier response to a February Eastern Will County News story, Einhorn stressed the filtering system won’t significantly improve the taste of village water.
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