A new water plant in Capron is helping sprout growth by adding both residents and development to the area.
Four years ago Capron’s waste management plant was at the center of a lawsuit. Illinois' attorney general and the Environmental Protection Agency sued the village for not meeting their water standards. Capron had to pay $13,000 and make some drastic changes.
“Every month something breaks and the plant is so old you can't get parts for it, you have to look for older plants scraping parts or have parts custom made. It's like you're standing over the tank and throwing money in the tank,” says Capron’s Mayor John Ustich.
The only option the village had was to build a new plant, so for the past few years they've been making plans for a $3.1 million system, and this vision will begin to become a reality on Monday with a groundbreaking.
“Were brining in the right technology, you're picking the right thing for the next 20 years,” says Project Engineer Chris Dopkins.
The old water plant could only pump around 175,000 gallons of water a day, but the new plant will pump close to 300,000, allowing for growth. Several developments are already interested in moving to Capron and the new plant could allow for at least 1,000 more residents, but this growth does have a downside.
“The schools will feel the impact as far as commercial development. It would help support businesses in town," says Ustich.
While some residents have been frustrated to see their water bills double to help pay for the plant, Ustich believes once new businesses start moving in those bills could go down.
The new plant is expected to be complete by September. The old plant will be scrapped and the building will remain on the land abandoned.