By MICHAEL MILLER | For The Prairie Advocate News
SAVANNA – There’s a spiffy new look to 410 Main Street in Savanna, thanks to the efforts of Brady Liberg and two companies, Apple River Well and Pump and Absolute Water Solutions.
Liberg says that the building is his parents, John and Ellen Liberg’s and that after not having a renter for many years, the interest was there to move the businesses in - and it made economic sense. After a good deal of work making the building a bit more eye catching (removing about fifteen layers of paint to reveal sculptures of two ladies and two lions on the outside columns), they were ready for business.
Liberg’s optimism about Savanna helped to fuel the move.
“Truly,” he says, “I think Savanna’s at a turning point,” adding that the next five years “are going to define the next fifty for the county,” citing the probable opening of the Thomson Correctional Center and the new Savanna/Sabula Bridge as confirmation of this renewal. He says he thinks the towns of Carroll County will soon prosper and that he wants to be part of that.
His father, John, has been in business over thirty years, and now, Liberg says, it’s time to make their presence even more evident.
Apple River Well and Pump Company is the water service business, while Absolute Water Solutions is the water treatment business, Liberg says. “Absolute started as a ‘daughter’ company, but now it’s become a ‘sister’ company.”
Apple River Well and Pump has sites in Galena, Dubuque, East Dubuque Hanover and Elizabeth as well.
Liberg says he’d like to see the Savanna site have regular hours and that in the spring they plan to begin salt and water delivery. Currently the Savanna site is only open by appointment but that more regular hours should be available in the spring.
The companies offer water system installation for well and pumps, and water softening, conditioning and treatment, including iron removal and even reverse osmosis. The companies currently employ four workers. They have a presence online at www.yourwaterwellandpump.com. The Absolute Water website is now under construction and should be up soon.
Liberg graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in geology and has been working with his father for over twenty years.
He says it was fun to be involved with the Savanna Chamber of Commerce with the Christmas Walk, and with the Savanna Historical Society’s “Jingle Mingle” recently, as well as the Festival of Trees.
Liberg says they’ll be offering a free well and pump inspection and/or water softener “clean bill of health” check up for the next sixty days. They have an 800 number and can be reached at 1-800-935-5737.