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Missouri Public Water Council explores water issues

Thursday, July 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Discussion of state regulations and standards, a rate survey, funding sources, and member projects were ‘on tap’ for the June 26 meeting of the Missouri Public Water Council, coordinated by MPUA and hosted by City of Fulton Utilities.  

 

The meeting was attended by 28 representatives from 19 different municipal utilities, along with several MPUA staff members and guest representatives from several engineering companies.  

 

MPWC Chair Chad Davis of Rolla Municipal Utilities called the council meeting to order and Lacey Hirschvogel, MPUA Environmental and Public Policy Coordinator, briefed members on her background in the industry.

 

Those attending heard a presentation and discussion of pretreatment program standards by Amanda Sappington of TRC Solutions. MPUA’s Hirschvogel followed with presentations about Missouri’s “red tape reduction” effort for drinking water and water pollution regulations, the proposed Lake Nutrient Criteria sent to U.S. EPA in April by the Missouri DNR, and results of the recent 2018 MPUA Water and Wastewater Rate Survey. Hirschvogel also shared information on the DNR Ammonia Implementation Flexibilities.

 

Following the regulatory updates, Eric Crawford, MPUA Director of Financial Services and Project Development, reviewed his background for the group and presented information on financing opportunities for water and wastewater infrastructure, including grant funds currently available. He also reminded members of the MPUA Finance Program which offers competitive debt financing with minimal processing time.

 

Closing the meeting, members participated in roundtable discussion on current water and wastewater needs by member cities, current projects being worked on, and plans for future needs.

 

“I thought the water council meeting was a good kickoff to more meetings,” said Skip Schaller, General Manager of Utilities for the City of Monett. “It was very interesting listening to all the different utilities and what they are working on.  I enjoyed learning about how some of the communities were able to get some big public works projects funded and going.”

 

The council’s next planned meeting is slated to be held during the 2018 MPUA Annual Conference. 


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