The City of Houstonia, MO was recently awarded a $40,000 grant from the The Missouri Department of Natural Resources to evaluate wastewater collection and treatment repair systems. 

The grant is part of the DNR's Small Community Engineering Assistance Program.

According to Carol Comer, the director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, “Small Community Engineering Assistance Program Grants provide communities with the resources to examine local infrastructure and the opportunity to make the necessary repairs to extend the expected life of these vital systems,"

Houstonia will use the funds to develop a facility plan to evaluate lagoon upgrades that are necessary in order to meet future ammonia limits, and to assess the collection system for reduced inflow and infiltration. Inflow and infiltration can be groundwater, stormwater or drinking water flowing directly into the sewer system.

This results in higher volumes of water being unnecessarily transported and treated, which increases the costs and energy usage. The facility plan is estimated to cost $50,000 and is expected to be completed in November.

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