Announcements

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.

 
2018 Rate Changes

The rates for public sewer service in the County were changed, effective January 1, 2018.  These increases cover the cost of managing the BCRSD’s $18.6 million debt plus increased operating costs.   The increases are as follows:

  • The Base Service Fee will change from $23.60 to $24.70 monthly.
  • The volume charge (based on your average water consumption) will change from $6.90 to $7.25 per 1,000 gallons of water used.


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

 
Drip Dispersal Wastewater Treatment Systems

The BCRSD is considering adopting design regulations for subsurface drip dispersal wastewater treatment systems.  The deadline for public comment was December 8, 2017.  The Board of Trustees will review the proposed regulations beginning in December 2017.

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

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

 
Upcoming Annual Water Usage Review, Spring 2018

The BCRSD will complete the annual water usage review in May 2018.  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 $24.70, 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 $7.25 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 2018.


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: http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/PublicWorks/Engineering/san_sewer_toc.php.

 
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 is making progress!

  • The new ultraviolet treatment system at Twin Lakes has been completed.  This facility improvement will meet requirements mandated by the Department of Natural Resources.
  • 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. Easements have been acquired, and HDR engineering firm is handling the design phase.  Construction should begin in 2018.
  • The Lee Heights project will replace the lagoon with a pump station to pump to the City. The BCRSD continues to acquire easements while HDR handles the design and facility plan.  Construction is expected in 2018.
  • The Richardson Acres – Brown Station project planned for 2019 will construct a pump station at Richardson Acres to pump wastewater to the City for treatment, allowing the lagoon to close.  It will also intercept the Brown Station’s recirculating sand filter facility, closing the Rollingwood treatment plant, and wastewater will flow to the City’s facility for treatment.  HDR will handle the facility plan and design.

 
Neighborhood Improvement District News
  • HDR has recently been selected to design the Bolli Road pressure sewers.  This project will eliminate the subdivision’s onsite systems
  • Engineering Surveys & Services has been hired to design a gravity sewer connection for the Phenora North subdivision.  This project will close the existing lagoon.
 
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:  Bon-Gor Lake Estates, Wagon Trail Heights, Sunrise Estates, Walnut Brook, Country Squire Estates, Rayfield, Rocky Creek, Clearview, Phenora, Powell, Fairway Meadows, Pin Oak, Sugar Tree Hills, 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 >