By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — FULTON, Ill. — Fulton residents came out Saturday afternoon for a look at a water treatment plant and wells that cost more than $3 million.
The City of Fulton held an open house for the new well 4 treatment plant and well 5 project, completed earlier this year. The two wells were constructed on the existing well 4 site. The treatment plant stands at 1610 11th St. and will be used to filter iron and manganese from well 4 and the combined radium from well 5.
City Engineer Matt Hansen told those attending the open house that their water will not taste any different because of the filtration process. He explained the history and cost of the project, as well as how the new 1,200-gallon-per-minute pressure filter will improve the area’s water.
“It’s a modern facility,” Hansen said. “It’s going to take Fulton through the next 40 to 50 years.”
The cost of the Phase II water system was $3,494,774, with the city obtaining an IEPA Revolving Fund Loan to fund the project. This includes a 25 percent forgiveness of the principal, with the remaining costs fundeD during 20 years at an interest rate of 2.295 percent. Th IEPA forgiveness grant totaled $873,693.
Life-long Fulton resident Randy Swemline attended the open house, held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. He remembers driving past the facility frequently while it was under construction.
“I just wanted to see the investment the city made,” Swemline said. “I’m very pleased with what they did.”
He also found Hansen’s presentation on the plant to be very informative. Swemline had wondered what would happen to the wells during a power outage, worried there could be a problem if there was a fire during such an outage. He was happy to hear the facility has a standby generator.
“Even though you lose power, you’ll always be able to produce water out of the facility,” Hansen said.
Hansen and City Works Director Dan Clark were excited by this project, saying a lot of people were involved in it. They both thanked Former City Administrator Randy Balk for getting this project done. Balk attended the open house and was happy to see the project showcased.
“This is a pleasant dream coming true,” Balk said.
Others associated with the project came to the open house, including contractor Bill Brown. Brown’s job foreman, Gary Linton, brought his daughters, Jayden and Brooke, to see what he helped build.
“A lot of work went into it,” Linton said. “I know the city needs something like this and it’s a big improvement for the waterworks department. I know that.”