News Release 196

Department of Natural Resources awards $8.5 million loan to Warrensburg for wastewater system improvements

Volume 38-196 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 5, 2010 - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has announced that a loan of $8,548,500 has been provided to Warrensburg to pay for planned improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment and collection systems.

The city will use the proceeds to pay for improvements to the city’s existing wastewater treatment system. Improvements to the east and west wastewater treatment facilities include a new ultraviolet disinfection system and related improvements necessary to make a complete and usable treatment facilities.

The improvements to the collection system include construction of a pump station, force main and interceptor to convey the wastewater currently collected at the north lagoon to the west wastewater treatment plant. The north lagoon will be converted from a wastewater treatment facility to a peak flow holding basin.

Funding for the loan comes from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The fund is a joint effort between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide cost effective financing for wastewater treatment and collection. The interest rate on the loan will be 1.48 percent, which is substantially below current market conditions. The project is expected to be completed in December 2011.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program will administer the loan funds. The department is committed to working closely with communities to assist with funding efforts that support 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 or visit the Department’s website at