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.

March 20-26 is Fix a Leak Week

The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program website has information and activities to get your class or youth group to think about saving water and fixing leaks. Here are three actions your group can take at home or school.

  1. If you suspect a leaky toilet, add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and let it sit for several minutes. If there is food coloring in the bowl when you return, you may need to replace the flapper in the tank to prevent water from leaking into the bowl. Make sure to flush the food coloring through to prevent potential staining.
  2. Do you hear that drip? Check faucets in the kitchen and bathroom as well as showerheads for dripping water. Even a slow drip of 10 drips per minute can waste 500 gallons of water per year! The repair can be as simple as making sure you always turn the fixture all the way off. In some cases, it may be necessary to remove the aerator or the shower head and replace old or worn parts. Pipe tape, also called Teflon tape, is inexpensive and easy to apply to prevent drips or water running back down the outside of the fixture.
  3. Even outdoor trickles add up. Check hoses, irrigation systems and any other outdoor fixtures for leaks when the water is on. Get out the pipe wrench and tighten up those connections to prevent needless water loss. While you are at it, make sure sprinklers are not watering the sidewalks or kicking on when it is raining.

Learn more about water use in Missouri and why we should conserve water in the first place on the Youth Education and Interpretation water resources webpage.

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.

Upcoming Annual Water Usage Review, Spring 2017

The BCRSD will complete the annual water usage review in May 2017.  Any changes to your volume charge will be based on the water readings from January, February and March.  The following fees will be included in your sewer service billing:

  • The monthly Base Service Fee of $23.60, 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 $6.90 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 2017.

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!

  • 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 >