Wastewater Projects Get Federal Money
The city must treat 15 million gallons of wastewater each day, leading to the need for repairs and expansion of parts of the sewer system.
At a hearing Wednesday, the city received word that it will get $7.9 million in federal loans for fiscal 2007. Columbia will use the money for five sewer projects:
- The southwest outfall relief sewer in west-central Columbia
- The Bear Creek sewer extension in southeast Columbia
- Three extensions of the south Grindstone watershed project (two are under construction)
Also at the hearing, representatives from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources promised taxpayers that the state won't spend clean water money to restore the ruptured Taum Sauk Reservoir.
"All of that money to fix Taum Sauk is coming from the people in charge of the failure, not Columbians," said the DNR's Kurt Schaefer.
The state considers the Taum Sauk Reservoir restoration project a water-quality issue because the rupture released one billion gallons of water which washed rocks, soil and trees into a nearby river.