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.

Drip Dispersal Wastewater Treatment Systems

The BCRSD is considering adopting design regulations for subsurface drip dispersal wastewater treatment systems.  Comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted by mail or hand delivery until 4:30 p.m. on December 8, 2017.  Thank you for your review of the proposed regulations!

Click here for the draft regulations (10-11-2017)

Click here for the draft engineering report (10-11-2017)

2017 Rate Changes

The rates for public sewer service in the County were changed, effective January 1, 2017.  These increases cover the cost of managing the BCRSD’s $19.7 million debt plus increased operating costs.   The increases are as follows:

  • The Base Service Fee changed from $21.85 to $23.60 monthly.
  • The volume charge (based on your average water consumption) increased from $6.50 to $6.90 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

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

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.

Capital Improvements Update

The Capital Improvements Program continues and is making progress!

  • Both lagoons at Sunrise Estates have been closed and grass is growing. Completion is expected by spring 2017.
  • The Oberlin Valley interceptor project is coming soon and will close the treatment facility.  In its place will be a pump station to pump to the City.  Construction may begin in 2017.
  • Also coming soon, the Lee Heights project will replace the lagoon with a pump station to pump to the City.  Construction should begin in 2017.
Neighborhood Improvement District News
  • Schultz Engineering is working on the Bolli Road NID project design to replace private on-site systems with pressure sewers.  Construction can be expected in 2017.
  • The Phenora North NID project has Schultz Engineering working to design gravity sewer connection 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 winter and spring:   Bonne Femme Estates; Copper Creek; Concord East; Crestwood Hills; Old Plank; Spencer Hills; Spring Park; Valley Creek; Woods Mill; Martha’s Grove; Midway Crossing, Bon Gor; El Rey; Highfield Acres; Wagon Trail; and Spencer Hills.



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 >