DNR awards city of Houston $4 million in funding for sewer system improvements

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-379 For Immediate Release: Oct. 14, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded the city of Houston in Texas County a $1,750,000 grant and a $1,750,000 loan through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In addition, the department is also awarding the city a $500,000 Rural Sewer Grant through a water pollution control bond.

The department presented Houston city officials with the award grants and loan today during a brief ceremony. "The department is pleased to provide these funds to the city to help to improve the quality of treated wastewater that is discharged to waters of the state and to be protective of human health and the environment," said Bill Bryan, DNR Deputy Director. Houston is the first city in Missouri to receive the Recovery Act funding for wastewater improvements.

The Recovery Act provides significant funding to assist communities with infrastructure needs for water quality, wastewater and drinking water. A portion of the funding will be targeted toward green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency and environmentally innovative projects. During tough economic times, this infusion of grant and loan funding will help the city protect its citizens and the environment by making necessary sewer improvements.

The city will use the grants and loan to construct wastewater treatment facility improvements and perform rehabilitation of the collection system. The wastewater system construction consists of a new oxidation ditch, two 50' diameter clarifiers, sludge holding tank, UV disinfection system, triplex pump station, bar screen, and sludge truck. The rehabilitation includes the replacement of four pump stations and repair of some sewer lines and manholes. The project is estimated to cost $4 million and is expected to be completed in November 2010.

The department of Natural Resources' Water Protection Program will administer the grant and loan funds. The department is committed to working closely with communities to assist with funding efforts that support water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects as well as provide a financial savings.

For more information, contact the Department's Water Protection Program, Financial Assistance Center, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1192.