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.

 
2016 Rate Changes

The rates for public sewer service in the County will be changing, 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 will change from $20.65 to $21.85 monthly.
  • The volume charge (based on your average water consumption) will change from $6.00 to $6.50 per 1,000 gallons of water used.

Please note that the surcharges for pressure sewer systems will be unchanged.

 
Upcoming Annual Water Usage Review, Spring 2016

The BCRSD will complete the annual water usage review in May 2016.  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 $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.  More information on pressurized systems is available at www.bcrsd.com.

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.

 
New Connection Fee, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the BCRSD’s sewer connection fee has 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>

 
The Problem with Disposable Wipes

The label says they are flushable and they will flush BUT what happens to them after you flush them is the problem.  Wipes wreak havoc on the sewer system.  Most wipes are made of synthetic materials and do not break down like toilet paper. Even biodegradable wipes are so sturdy that they do not break down easily.  The wipes can cause obstructions in the sewer lines and can be responsible for sewer backups in your home.  They get caught in sewer equipment. It takes our crew many hours to remove wipes from pumps and bar screens and other mechanical parts. This adds to the cost of wastewater treatment.  Please practice the healthy sewer habit of discarding all wipes in the trash, not the toilet.

 
Environmental Awareness

Did you know that toothpastes and facial and body exfoliating scrubs can contain polyethylene microbeads that are dangerous to the environment?  The tiny plastic beads are rinsed down the drain and are often too fine to be removed from the wastewater.  They end up in streams, rivers, lakes and oceans, picking up industrial chemicals along the way, becoming toxic to the wildlife in and around the water.  Fish and wildlife may ingest these beads, and could potentially end up on your dinner table, toxins and all.  As of 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency lacked the authority to regulate consumer use of microbead products, but some environmental agencies are working toward banning the production and sale of products containing these contaminants.  You can do your part to help the environment by avoiding the use of products with polyethylene.

For more information, see also:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/19/us/8-trillion-microbeads-pollute-water-daily-irpt/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/microbeads-could-be-harming-the-environment-scientists-say/

https://www.pca.state.mn.us/news/plastic-microbeads-our-waters

 
Capital Improvements Update

The Capital Improvements Program continues and is making progress.

  • The Rocky Fork Water Reclamation Facility has been completed.  Bon Gor, Clearview, and County Downs have been connected to the RF WRF.  The treatment facilities in all these neighborhoods will be closed.
  • The Spring Park project continues.  The pump station and majority of the pipe has been installed.  The lagoon will be closed prior to project completion, which is expected in spring 2016.
  • Sunrise Estates NE and NW Interceptor construction is ongoing.  Both lagoons at Sunrise Estates will be closed.
  • The WB Smith pump station has been removed, and wastewater for this subdivision now flows to the Parkside subdivision via gravity system.
  • The Westwood Meadows Interceptor construction is complete and the former lagoon has been closed.

 
Neighborhood Improvement District News
  • The Manchester Heights NID collection system is complete.  The lagoon will be closed by the end of spring 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.  Completion is expected in fall 2017.
  • The Phenora North NID project has Schultz Engineering working to design gravity sewer connection and lagoon closure.  Project completion is expected in fall 2017.

 
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; Breezewood; Cedar Lake; Crestwood Hills; Eagle Knoll; Lakeland Acres; Maple Meadows; Old Plank Meadows; Phenora; Powell; Prairie Meadows; Rayfield; Rocky Creek; University Estates; Valley Creek; and Woods Mill.

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 >