City of Rochelle debuts Radium treatment plant

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ROCHELLE, Ill (WIFR) -- The City of Rochelle partnered with Rochelle Municipal Utilities to open a new water treatment plant, complying with the new EPA standards for drinking water.

Well 11 in Rochelle, located just north of Flagg Road and Rochelle Township High School, opened today as the city's first Radium Treatment Plant. The newly built plant uses state-of-the-art technology and safety measures, including using liquid chlorine instead of liquid gas in the plant. It is part of a $2.7 million project aimed at getting rid of the extra radium in Rochelle's drinking water supply.

Not only will this plant reduce the amount of radium in the city's drinking water, but it will also go above the current EPA standards on radium levels.

City officials said that Rochelle residents should not notice a big difference in the taste of the drinking water. But if a resident gets their water from Well 11, they may notice their water look clearer and softer.

This plant is the first plant that is part of the two-year project. The second Radium Treatment Plant is scheduled to begin construction on the city's south side beginning next year.