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MO grants $20M for Higginsville wastewater plant

MO grants $20M for Higginsville wastewater plant


By Blake Jackson

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded $20.1 million to Higginsville for a new wastewater treatment facility. The total project cost is estimated at $20.9 million and should be completed by November 2025.

The new facility will not only increase Higginsville’s treatment capacity but also allow it to accept wastewater from other city-owned plants, creating a regionalized treatment system. This regional approach will be a focus of the project's next phase.

Funding comes from a $16.6 million loan, a $3.5 million grant from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, and a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The department's financing is estimated to save Higginsville ratepayers millions on the loan.

“Effective water infrastructure is vital for strong communities,” said Governor Mike Parson. “This funding helps communities improve outdated systems to better serve Missourians.”

“The State Revolving Fund helps communities afford improvements they might not otherwise be able to make,” said Dru Buntin, director of the Department of Natural Resources. “These projects protect public health and the environment, improving quality of life for Missourians.”

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund finances improvements to wastewater treatment facilities, sewer systems, and combined sewer overflows. It also supports security, efficiency, and conservation measures in treatment facilities. Communities benefit from low-interest rates and expert assistance.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is committed to assisting communities with water and wastewater infrastructure projects. Their Financial Assistance Center offers funding to qualified communities for water quality, wastewater, and drinking water infrastructure needs. This project will be funded in part with monies from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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