Talking points for proposed sewer district
- Who will be affected? Only those that want to be hooked up will be affected as the sewer district through their neighborhood. Many people won’t be affected at all. If you are on a private on-site system, we will not require you to hook on to the sewer district. There are many homeowner’s associations or subdivisions that are wanting to hook their system up to a sewer district.
- What if I have a functioning septic system and don’t want to connect? If you are a single residence and have a functioning system in place, you will not be required to connect. If you live too far away from the system, you will not be able to connect. If you would like to connect, we will work with you to connect and make sure your system is closed out correctly.
- Over 50 NPDES Permits in Callaway County. There are over 50 NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permitted wastewater treatment facilities within the county boundaries. The CCHD (Callaway County Health Department) categorized them according to the operation and maintenance, effluent water quality, odor production and site maintenance.
- Why is the Health Department doing this? There is a great need in this county for a regional sewer district. Many homeowner’s associations are struggling to comply with requirements and are asking for our help to find a solution. This movement started in the western part of the county around the Cedar Creek region, in the spring of 2014. We had several groups come to our office asking for assistance. A large majority of the customers that are on an existing system would like to have a continuing authority take over their operations and maintenance (especially homeowner’s associations).
- DNR Cooperation. We have been very fortunate to be working closely with DNR (Department of Natural Resources) on the issues we are currently facing in the county. We have invited them to some of our community meetings so they can share updates from the department and what can be expected or what they are expecting of NPDES permit holders.
- Questions from community meetings
- How much will it cost? We are unsure at this time, will have to have an engineer draw up plans, look at cost of material and labor, how many people will be connecting. There are many factors.
- Will it be taxpayer funded? No, it will be funded through grants and low interest loans and bonds that will be paid back by the customer’s of the sewer district.
- How long will the system be in compliance? There is no way of knowing this but it will be part of the engineer’s plan to build it to be in compliance for a very long time and expected maintenance and operations will also be a factor.
- How many houses would you need to build a system? We are looking at our trouble spots in the county right now that have current systems in violation. Any new subdivisions will be required to be build to certain specifications before the sewer district would take them over. If we have a community of people that need help and are not currently on a permitted system and we have the availability to assist them, we would but this will strictly be on a case by case basis.
- Why isn’t it the responsibility of the developer or the homeowner’s association to upkeep and maintain the system? When many of these developments were built, there were not the requirements there are now? And the developers are gone. Many homeowners were given the responsibility of operations and maintenance with no knowledge of how to run a system and they have been trying to do the best they can.
- How would the charges be figured? Would it be figured much like cities figure? Yes, it would be figured by how many gallons you use of water for certain months and then a fee would be established. That will be posted on our website and at the office.
- Is the board elected or appointed? The first board will be appointed by the commission and then will be elected according to the by-laws of the sewer district.
- How long would it take to put a system in? There will have to be engineering done first and then the construction will begin. It should take at least two years to construct new and a year to refurbish existing systems.