Capital Improvements

The Boone County Regional Sewer District has an ongoing Capital Improvements Program (CIP).  See the Capital Improvements Projects on this website for information about current projects.

Capital Improvements Program or CIP – a History

The District’s first CIP was written in 1991 by A.C. Kirkwood Engineers. This plan was updated in 2002 by Archer Engineering, in 2007 by Ponzer Youngquist, P.A., Inc. and Delich, Roth & Goodwillie, P.A and by HDR in 2013. The CIP conducted in 2007 describes improvements at a cost of approximately $21 million. Most of these projects were mandated by changes in water quality standards, specifically the disinfection or whole body contact (WBC) rule. The study also considered proposed regulations scheduled to become effective in the near future such as stricter standards for nutrient removal.

The CIP studies were conducted in conjunction with campaigns to go to the voters for bonding authority to fund the improvements.  Bond issues were passed in 1997, 2003 and 2008.  In order to keep financing costs as low as possible, the District has funded its CIP through the State Revolving Fund (SRF), Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ low interest loan program for public utilities. The 2009 bond closing included an ARRA grant of approximately $1 million.

Since 1991, the District’s CIP has focused on integrating its systems with each other or with the City of Columbia in order to eliminate sewer facilities in Boone County. Water quality is better protected by reducing the number of sanitary sewer treatment facilities that discharge into creeks or streams.  

Over the years the District has closed

  • 33 lagoons,
  • 17 wastewater treatment plants (WWTP),
  • 10 lift stations.
  • 13 private systems have connected to the District’s system allowing for the closure of the existing treatment facilities and
  • 6 neighborhood improvement districts have connected, removing on-site systems.

Since the passage of bond issues existing wastewater treatment facilities have been upgraded to operate as regional facilities at South Route K and Prairie Meadows.  Bonds have also funded the construction of Rocky Fork WWTP, a regional plant north of Columbia.

To see a list of bond closings and projects funded by those closings click here.