Sycamore, IL - Residents of Sycamore, Ill., will now have safer drinking water, thanks to the new Z-88™ radium removal system provided by Water Remediation Technology, LLC (WRT®). The addition of the Sycamore system marks the 17th installation that WRT is operating in Illinois.
Located about 50 miles west of Chicago in DeKalb County, the City of Sycamore water supply comes primarily from five wells that cater to a population of nearly 15,000 residents. Prior to being treated, two of the wells serving Sycamore had radium concentrations averaging 8.25 pCi/L (picocuries per liter), exceeding the EPA’s maximum allowed contaminant level of only 5 pCi/L. The City of Sycamore signed a 20-year contract with WRT to remove the radium from the wells, improving the quality of water and making it safer for the community.
“After speaking with other local communities about the effectiveness of the WRT radium removal process, the City of Sycamore chose WRT's system because it does not dramatically change the water,” said Mike Swedberg, City of Sycamore
Water Division superintendent. “WRT's system safely removes the radium completely out of the environment, which improves the overall water quality and does not adversely affect our wastewater plant.”
According to the EPA, radium can be found naturally in soil, water and food at low concentrations. But high levels of these contaminants ingested over a long period of time can lead to serious health problems. WRT will also be responsible for the environmentally safe handling and removal of the radium from the treatment site to a remote licensed facility, preventing future contamination in Sycamore.
Colorado-based WRT services clients across the United States with full-scale installations in California, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina and Virginia.