News Release 422

Jefferson County Water Supply District #13 receives $1.68 million for wastewater improvements

Volume 38-422 (For immediate release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 23, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded Jefferson County Public Water Supply District #13 $1.68 million in wastewater grants for sewer improvements. 

The district will use the grants to construct a force main and septic tank effluent pump collection system that will drain to a new recirculating sand filter treatment facility for the Lake Tishomingo community.  The facility will consist of a recirculation tank, four sand filters, ultraviolet disinfection and all necessary related equipment. 

“This project will provide the residents of Lake Tishomingo with wastewater treatment service that will meet the standards necessary to protect public health and the environment better,” said Department Director Mark N. Templeton.  “Inadequate treatment of wastewater can have significant negative effects on our lakes, rivers and streams.”    

The project is estimated to cost $3.99 million and is expected to be completed in September 2011.  The district will provide matching funds to pay for the project with a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development.

The Department of Natural Resources sold $50 million in bonds in November 2007.  The sale of the bonds allows the department to provide the district with the grant funds to support the Clean Water Initiative for water and wastewater improvements. 

The Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program will administer the grant 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 at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1192.