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Ransom celebrates new water service
Radium problem spurred a big change last year
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An old brick water tower in Ransom is a reminder of the village’s past. But a new ten-mile water pipe connecting the village to Streator’s water system is the link to the future. Ransom Village President Matt Hauser Wednesday summarized the history at a celebration of the water line’s completion.

Early last year, the village started offering people bottled water to drink, because of high radium levels in the well water. That’s a common problem throughout northern Illinois, but a radium removal facility would have cost too much. Elizabeth Doellman, Supervisor of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance with Illinois American Water Company, says the $2 million ten-mile water main was a better option.

Illinois American Water spokeswoman Karen Cotton says water actually started flowing from Streator to Ransom in January. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required three months of testing before approving the water for consumption in Ransom.

Ransom had been getting it water from deep wells. The Streator water is from the Vermilion River. Doellman explains the water treatment process in this sound bite:

  • Rick Koshko lived the first half of his life in southern Illinois, then moved to Ottawa early in his broadcasting career. His first thoughts of broadcasting as a career occurred to him at age five--when it was bed time and he realized the guy on the radio didn't have to go to bed yet. Some irony: for most of the time he's worked in radio, Rick has had to get up very early in the morning to be on the air, sometimes in addition to being up late at night like he wanted.

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