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: