By Andrew Pantzlaff * The Brillion News

REEDSVILLE – The long-awaited Well No. 5 nitrate removal system has finally been up and running in 2012 after years of planning by Village officials.

Now, Reedsville is planning an open house on Saturday to show off the newly integrated facility, which amounted to a $1.3-million project.

The open house will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at 205 Deerview Drive in Reedsville.

Originally, Well 5 was drilled 14 years ago in 1998.

Ten years later, it was taken offline in 2008 due to concerns about high nitrate levels.

This set into motion many meetings, consultations, tests and discussions on how to proceed to combat the nitrate problem in Reedsville.

In May 2009, the Village entered into discussions with Envirogen Technologies and a month later decided that an ion exchange treatment would be the best route to go in treating the Village’s water woes.

In November 2010, a design for a treatment facility was completed and bidding began. The contract was eventually awarded to Oudenhoven Construction Inc., of Kaukauna.

To read the full story … pick up a copy of the May 3, 2012 edition of The Brillion News.