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Union to show off new water treatment plant Friday

Village hopes added capacity prevents water bans

Published: Friday, April 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013 12:35 p.m. CDT
(Sarah Nader)
Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com Union Village Trustee Stan McDonald looks at the newly built $1.5 million water treatment plant Thursday in Union. The new water treatment plant will help Union manage their water supply and even limit future water restrictions placed on residents.

UNION – Village officials will unveil a new $1.5 million water treatment plant Friday that should help Union manage its water supply and even limit future water restrictions placed on residents.

Union has predominantly relied on a shallow water well to supply water to its residents, but it started to produce less during the past decade, Village Trustee Stan McDonald said.

The village pumped water from a second, deeper well to compensate but was limited in its capacity since officials had no way of treating the deeper water supply naturally affected by pollutants such as radium and barium.

"This project has been in the works for years. ... It's a relief to have it completed since we are coming into the summer months when people will be needing more water," said McDonald, who also oversees the village's water department.

The $1.5 million project started two years ago and was mostly funded through federal grants administered by McHenry County.

McHenry County Board representatives, such as Chairwoman Tina Hill, and a representative from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's office will help Union officially unveil the project Friday morning during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The prolonged drought last summer forced Union to place a watering ban on residents to avoid taxing the shallow water well.

With the completion on a new treatment plant, the village finally can treat the deeper water supply connected to the village's second well. The added capacity should prevent water bans in the future, McDonald said.

"Now we have an unlimited amount of water that we have, where as before we were limited because we were blending the shallow well and the deep well," McDonald said.

If you go

What: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Union water treatment plant

When: 10 a.m. Friday, April 12

Where: Union water well, 17617 E. Jefferson St.

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