Alternate water filtration system studied

Steve Johnson, the village board's liaison to the water department, makes a point as fellow trustee Larry Johnston looks on. File photo. Photo credit: Dennis Sullivan

Steve Johnson, the village board’s liaison to the water department, makes a point as fellow trustee Larry Johnston looks on. File photo. Photo credit: Dennis Sullivan

by Dennis Sullivan
editor@ewcnews.com
May 16, 2014

Steve Johnson has invited other trustees to join him on a visit to Plano Illinois to inspect that municipality’s Filtronics-brand water filtration system, saying it “piqued our interest.”

Johnson, the village board’s liaison with the water department, recently characterized the system as more closely resembling a “sand-filter system” than the Amiad system being used in Crete’s upcoming pilot test to improve drinking-water quality.

Speaking during his trustee report at Monday’s village board meeting, Johnson said he is continuing to explore possible alternatives to the Amiad system. He said Crete representatives recently visited Warrenville’s water treatment facility, which has “the same exact system” as Plano’s.

Filtronics, Inc., based in Anaheim, Calif., produces municipal and industrial water treatment systems.

Swiss Valley water main work continues
A LaGrange Park-based general contractor is slated to return to the Swiss Valley subdivision to replace the Chalet Lane and Chalet Court water main.

Public Works Supt Phil Hameister said Monday the beginning and end of the work still had to be worked out, minutes after village trustees unanimously approved Suburban General as the project’s low bidder, at $249,785.

The bid covers installing plastic piping, stainless steel valves and magnesium nuts in place of the galvanized products currently in use.

Suburban General did the first leg of what was expected to be a two-leg project in 2013.

“We’ve had very good luck and success working with them,” Hameister told trustees prior to the vote, adding the project would eliminate “80 percent of the problem” when completed.

Village officials had considered also replacing the water main on Hereford Drive, but Mayor Mike Einhorn said the village doesn’t have enough money.

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