Elburn Approves Water Treatment Plan for Wells

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Byline: Darryl Mellema Daily Herald Correspondent

When Ron Dollar from WRT, LLC first called Elburn mayor James Willey to discuss his company's system for removing radium from village wells, Willey thought he was being called by a radio station and didn't immediately return the call.

Dollar, vice president of marketing at Water Remediation Treatment (WRT) and Willey eventually discussed WRT's proposal for removing radium, and determined that Dollar's company had something positive to offer Elburn.

Monday, Elburn's village board unanimously approved a 20-year lease with WRT and disposal company RMD Operations LLC to operate their radium removal process in two and eventually three of the village's wells.

"We had, as a board, come to a consensus that ion exchange was our only viable option," Willey said. "When we came across (Dollar's) proposal and they rushed a pilot plan out here to prove they could get the radium out of the water, we all looked at this and said that we had to look at this. Everything's gone well since we've done that."

The agreement involves the village's Well No. 3 , 714 N. 1st St., Well No. 4, 399 E. North St., and the now under construction No. …