CRETE | Village President Michael Einhorn asked the Village Board last week to hire a consultant for advice on ways to improve the quality of the village's water supply.
Einhorn told village trustees Wednesday he recently attended a conference and sat next to an official with HR Green whose specialization is water quality and wastewater.
Einhorn said he was impressed with the official’s knowledge of the issue. He asked board to approve having HR Green study the village's water supply system.
Einhorn said the well water Crete uses contains “33 to 35 grains (per gallon) of hardness,” compared with the water from Lake Michigan that many municipalities rely upon, which he said has a “10 grains of hardness” standard.
Einhorn said he’s not sure what HR Green would advise Crete to do to improve its water, but said, “They would give us options.”
The board took no action on the matter Wednesday. But Einhorn said he’d like to see some action at one of the upcoming board meetings scheduled for June 10 and 24.
Einhorn said he does not want to follow the standard bidding process because he is convinced HR Green can handle the work and seeking bids likely would draw so many proposals it would take too long for officials to go through them all.
Trustee Mark Wiater suggested that officials solicit proposals from one or two companies so they would have something to compare an HR Green proposal with. But Einhorn opposed that idea, saying part of the reason he supports the consulting firm so much is that they are not directly connected to any manufacturer of systems used to get water.
“Up to now, we have relied on vendors to provide us with information about our water,” Einhorn said. “These people (HR Green) will not be looking to sell us any product, so they may give us an honest assessment.”
Einhorn could not say how long it would take HR Green to complete its assessment of the water supply. But he said he believes it would cost the village no more than $25,000.