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Maeystown thankful for water solution

By on October 24, 2012 at 9:49 am

Maeystown Mayor Terryl Walster speaks to attendees during the reception on Sunday. (Kermit Constantine photo)

The Village of Maeystown hosted a public reception on Sunday to thank all of those who assisted in the village obtaining funding for its new reverse osmosis water system as a result of high nitrate levels detected in January.

The reception took place at the old rock mill. Village officials credited various county and state lawmakers for working together with the village, its engineers and planning officials to help reach a solution.

The village received a $750,000 urgent need grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to help address its water situation.

Supporting U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development funds are expected to help cover the remainder of a project estimated at around $1.4 million.

Earlier this year, village officials issued a warning to its 160 or so residents and others who use the water service, after abnormally high nitrate levels were detected in tests of two village wells that take up groundwater for public supply.

While this does not pose a threat to most residents, bottled water has been recommended for babies aged six months and under and women who are pregnant.

The village hired engineering firm Heneghan and Associates to develop solutions. It was determined that reverse osmosis treatment was the best option.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.