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SVCC discusses IEPA’s letters

SPRING VALLEY — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has sent the city of Spring Valley several notices concerning various water-related issues, but according to city engineer Jack Kusek, their bark is probably much worse than their bite.

“The letters look ominous, but it really is nothing,” Kusek said.

The first letter involved the past positive readings of bacteria for Well 10. Kusek said there have been six samples without bacteria and he will send a response saying the water is good for public consumption.

The IEPA also said the monthly operating reports for the water treatment plant haven’t been sent, but Kusek followed up with T.E.S.T., which verified the reports have gone out each month.

According to the final letter, the city had six water main projects that do not have the proper permits. Kusek said one project was from 2004 and he had located the permit. Three of the projects never reached the construction phase, so they didn’t need a permit. One project has just had samples made, but the permit hasn’t been applied for and the final project is just now getting the samples and also hasn’t applied for a permit yet.

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