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Welcome to the website of the Boone County Regional Sewer District. We are Boone County’s wastewater collection and treatment utility serving unincorporated Boone County.

 

2019 Rate Changes

The rates for public sewer service in the County will be changing, effective January 1, 2019. These increases cover the cost of managing the BCRSD’s $17.5 million debt plus increased operating costs. The increases are as follows:

  • The Base Service Fee will change from $24.70 to $25.90 monthly.
  • The volume charge (based on your average water consumption) will change from $7.25 to $7.60 per 1,000 gallons of water used.


A pressure system surcharge may be applied if your property has  a pressurized system.  Due to increased costs for pressure sewer pumps and related equipment, an increase of $2.00 per month will be applied to the surcharges for Rates B, E & F.  The 2019 surcharges for these systems are as follows:

  • Rate B (STEP with centrifugal pump): $17.95
  • Rate E (STEP with high head turbine pump): $20.15
  • Rate F (Grinder pump): $21.95

 

Avoid Blockage in Your Sewer Line

This is a gentle reminder that what you flush down the toilet or rinse down the sink drain can impact the health of your sewer line.  Some of the most commonly found materials that create blockage in the sewer system are “disposable” wipes or paper towels (which do not break down easily), feminine products, and grease or oil left over from cooking.  These waste items are not only hazardous to the BCRSD’s sewer main, but can also create significant blockage in the private sewer lateral – your portion of the sewer line that BCRSD does not maintain.  You can prevent costly plumbing bills and additional BCRSD staff hours by being mindful to only flush what is necessary, and to dispose of oil, grease, food and other items in a compost or in the trash.  As always, we ask that you do not flush jewelry, pharmaceuticals, drug paraphernalia, clothing, toys, bowling balls or bicycle parts, as we have found that these items will also create problems in the sewer system.

 

Drip Dispersal Wastewater Treatment Systems

The BCRSD adopted drip dispersal treatment system regulations in March of 2018.  You can learn more here!

Click here for the design regulations for subsurface drip dispersal systems (3-20-2018)

Click here for the sample engineering report for subsurface drip dispersal systems (3-20-2018)

 

Upcoming Water Usage Review, Spring 2019

The BCRSD will complete the annual water usage review in May 2019. Any changes to the usage/volume charge on your bill will be based on the water readings from January, February and March for most customers. The following fees will be included in your sewer service billing:

  • The monthly Base Service Fee of $25.90, which covers the administrative cost of making sewer service available to the property, and includes the cost of debt service and other fixed costs. This fee stays with the property at all times and is not discontinued unless the private sewer line is disconnected from the main sewer system.
  • The Water Treatment Fee of $7.60 per 1,000 gallons water used, covering the cost of treating wastewater to make it safe to return to the environment. The BCRSD applies this fee based on an average water usage for your household, determined by the water readings reported by your water provider.
  • A Pressure System Surcharge may be applied if your property has a pressurized system [septic tank effluent pump (STEP), grinder pump, or small diameter variable grade (SDVG)]. This fee will vary depending on the type of system you have and whether or not the BCRSD maintains it for you. Fees in this category will range from $8.70 to $21.95 monthly in 2019. 

If you feel that your recent water usage is lower than the usage recorded on your current bill, feel free to give us a call and request a water usage review. We are happy to make an adjustment to lower your bill when we can!

 

Sanitary Sewer Lateral Requirements

On June 30, 2014, Governor Nixon signed House Bill 1867, requiring all newly constructed sanitary sewer laterals have tracer wire installed as outlined here, beginning January 1, 2016.  The Boone County Regional Sewer District does require that sanitary sewer infrastructure designs adhere to the City of Columbia’s Sanitary Sewer Specifications and Standards, which can be found here.

 

Capital Improvements Update

The Capital Improvements Program is making progress!

  • The Rocheport wastewater treatment facility is undergoing rehabilitation to replace and update components of the facility. Shafer, Kline & Warren completed the design, and construction should be completed by summer 2019.

  • The Oberlin Valley interceptor project will close the treatment facility. In its place will be a pump station to pump to the City treatment plant. Easements have been acquired, and HDR engineering firm is handling the design phase.

  • The Lee Heights project will replace the lagoon with a pump station to pump to the City. The easements have been acquired, and HDR is working on the design and facility plan.

 

Neighborhood Improvement District News

  • HDR is working on the design for the Bolli Road pressure sewers.  This project will eliminate the subdivision’s onsite systems and will pump wastewater to Midway Crossings.
  • Engineering Surveys & Services is working on the design for a gravity sewer connection for the Phenora North subdivision.  This project will close the existing lagoon and flow will be diverted to the Rocky Fork treatment facility.

 

Septic Tank Pumping Schedule

Customers on rate B, rate D and rate E pay for septic tank cleaning every five years.

Learn more about Septic Tank Effluent Pump (STEP) systems and see the septic tank pumping schedule >

 

Does your homeowners insurance cover sewer back-ups?

Not all homeowner policies include coverage of sewer back-ups. Coverage can be added for a minimal charge. Check your policy. Talk to your insurance agent. Make sure your home is covered.

 

Line Maintenance Schedule

The following neighborhoods and subdivisions are scheduled for line maintenance in the winter and spring: Cedar Lake, Country Squire Estates, Lake of the Woods, Lakeland Acres, Midway Crossings, Otscon, Phenora, Pin Oak, Prairie Meadows, Rayfield, Rocky Creek, Rollingwood, Rollingwood 2, Sugar Tree Hills, Sunrise Estates, and University Estates.

 

Keep the Lid Down

Cleaning the sewer lines involves using a sewer jet to propel water through all the main underground pipes in order to clear them of debris such as grease and grit.  If your home’s ventilation pipes are clogged or are not large enough, air forced through the sewer lines during jetting will vent through commodes or drains.  The escape of the air may force some water out of your commode or drains.  In order to prevent this from happening in your home, check your roof vent and make sure it is not clogged and get in the habit of keeping your commode lid down.

Learn more about line maintenance >