December 15, 2016

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DNR awards $39,600 grant for the city of Alma to evaluate wastewater treatment upgrades and collection system repairs

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $39,600 Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grant to the city of Alma to evaluate wastewater treatment upgrades and collection system repairs.

“This grant provides an opportunity for small communities throughout the state to examine local infrastructure and to make the necessary repairs to ensure that it is working in a safe and healthy manner for both the local citizens and the surrounding environment,” said Harry Bozoian, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The city will use the grant funds to develop a facility plan that will evaluate wastewater treatment upgrades that are necessary in order for the city’s wastewater treatment facility to meet new permit limits for disinfection.  The facility plan will also evaluate the wastewater collection system for inflow and infiltration issues. Inflow and infiltration can be groundwater, stormwater or drinking water flowing directly into the sewer system.  This results in higher volumes of water being unnecessarily transported and treated which increases costs and energy usage.  The facility plan is estimated to cost $49,500 and is expected to be completed in April 2017. 

The Department of Natural Resources will administer the grant funds and is committed to working with communities to assist with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects.  The department’s Water Protection Financial Assistance Center assists with funding for communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs.

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