July 03, 2019

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Department of Natural Resources awards $1.72 million to Moscow Mills for wastewater system improvements

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JULY 3, 2019 - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded $1.72 million in financial assistance to the city of Moscow Mills to convert flow from the Northwest Wastewater Treatment Facility Plant to the Crooked Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant and complete upgrades to the city’s wastewater collection system. The project is estimated to cost $1.72 million and is expected to be completed by November 2019.

The project includes constructing a wastewater duplex lift station at the Northwest Wastewater Treatment Plant and approximately 10,300 feet of new force main connecting to the existing gravity sewer line leading to the Crooked Creek treatment plant. The project also includes converting cell No. 2 at the northwest treatment plant to a wet-weather flow equalization basin, remediating the city hall lift station and rehabilitating nine manholes.

The project is expected to improve water quality by avoiding discharges to a tributary of Cuivre River.  This will also enable the Crooked Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility to meet permitted effluent limits and extend the life and efficiency of the wastewater system so that it can continue to serve the city well into the future.

“This investment in the community of Moscow Mills will improve water quality in the Cuivre River and enhance the community’s economic vitality,” said Ed Galbraith, director of the Division of Environmental Quality.  “Upgrading its facility will provide the city with the wastewater treatment infrastructure to meet its current and future needs.”

The funding for the project consists of a $860,000 loan and a $860,000 grant from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The State Revolving Fund provides funding opportunities to communities with infrastructure needs for water quality, wastewater and drinking water

The $1.72 million funding package is estimated to save the city’s ratepayers $860,000 in principal and approximately $300,000 in interest over the 20-year term of the loan. The city will be responsible for funding any ineligible costs and cost overruns.

The department’s Water Protection Program is committed to working closely with public entities to assist with funding efforts that support water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects, as well as provide a financial savings. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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