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.

2016 Rate Changes

The rates for public sewer service in the County were changed, effective January 1, 2016.  These increases cover the cost of managing the BCRSD’s $20.8 million debt plus increased operating costs.   The increases are as follows:

  • The Base Service Fee changed from $20.65 to $21.85 monthly.
  • The volume charge (based on your average water consumption) increased from $6.00 to $6.50 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

Please note that the surcharges for pressure sewer systems were unchanged.

Annual Water Usage Review, May 2016

The BCRSD completed the water usage review in May 2016.  Any changes to your volume charge are based on the water readings from January, February and March.  Customers who are billed according to a 12 month average also received a review based on water usage from April 2015 through March 2016.  The following fees will be included in your sewer service billing:

  • The monthly Base Service Fee of $21.85, 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 is $6.50 per 1,000 gallons water used, and covers 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 $19.95 monthly in 2016.

If you feel the usage on your bill is not accurate, the BCRSD is happy to look at your account and water usage with you to make sure we are billing correctly.

New 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 at:

New Connection Fee, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the BCRSD’s sewer connection fee increased to $1,600 per unit with either a 5/8 or a 3/4 inch water meter, where applicable.  The inspection fees remain the same, at $35 for gravity sewer inspection and $140 for pressure sewer.

Click here to see a list of connection and inspection fees for new public sewer connections>

Unwanted Items in the Sewer System

In December of 2015, BCRSD responded to a back-up on Rosetta Avenue.  It was discovered that hedge apples had been thrown into the sewer system, clogging the main line and causing back-ups in two nearby units.  It was an involved, time-consuming, costly and inconvenient clean up, both for BCRSD and for the residents.  The total cost for restoration exceeded $45,000.  This is an example of what can happen when “unapproved” foreign objects find their way into the system.  Please do not put anything in the sewer that doesn’t belong there, including hedge apples, grease, wet wipes, feminine products, basketballs, toys, and pretty much anything else that isn’t toilet paper or human waste product.

Kuhles Water Service Update

Bon Gor residents who received water service from Kuhles Water (formerly Smithview Water) should be aware that Kuhles has gone out of business.  Smithview Utility Operating Company, Inc. has assumed some of the responsibilities for provision of water service to this community.  As per the BCRSD’s recent notice to the residents, water readings are not currently available and adjustments to the sewer billing may not be made at this time.  We hope to receive water readings again in the near future, and we will update your volume water usage charge as soon as they become available.  If your water service was provided by Kuhles Water and you have questions about water service or have a water service emergency, please call 1-800-654-1570.  If you have water billing or customer service questions, please call 314-630-3522.  The BCRSD will continue to handle all your sewer service questions and needs.

Capital Improvements Update

The Capital Improvements Program continues and is making progress!

  • The Rocky Fork Water Reclamation Facility has been completed.  Bon Gor, Clearview, County Downs, Phenora South, Powell and Wagon Trail have been connected to the RF WRF.  Final grading and seeding is underway at the former treatment facilities, and full completion is expected before fall 2016.
  • The Spring Park pump station is now running.  Flow is now being pumped to the City of Columbia treatment facility, but Spring Park residents will remain BCRSD customers.  The lagoon closure for Spring Park is expected to be finalized by fall 2016.
  • Pipe has been laid for the Sunrise Estates NE and NW Interceptor.  Both lagoons at Sunrise Estates will be closed and completion is expected by fall 2016.
  • The El Rey treatment plant has been closed and replaced with a new pump station and force main.  Fencing has been constructed and grass has been planted.
  • The WB Smith pump station has been closed and the subdivision has been connected to the Parkside Estates pump station.  Flow will be diverted to the City for treatment, but WB Smith residents remain BCRSD customers.

Neighborhood Improvement District News
  • The Manchester Heights NID collection system is complete.  The lagoon will be closed by the end of summer 2016. This area is now connected to the City of Columbia treatment facility.
  • The Bolli Road NID project is coming soon.  Schultz Engineering is working on the design to replace private on-site systems with pressure sewers.  Construction should begin in 2018..
  • The Phenora North NID project has Schultz Engineering working to design gravity sewers and lagoon closure. Construction should begin in 2018.

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 are scheduled for line maintenance in the summer and fall:   Bonne Femme Estates; City of Rocheport; Copper Creek; Concord East; Concorde Estates; Crestwood Hills; I-70 Trade Center; Lakewood Estates; Lakewood Villa; Old Plank; Otscon; Spencer Hills; Spring Park; Valley Creek; and Woods Mill.


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 >