What it is
The Gravois Arm Sewer District is in its third phase of construction which will extend sewer service to subdivisions around the end of State Route O, Towering Oak Rd., Serenity Cove, Red Hollow Rd. and Lake Rd. 5-18 as well as South Elementary School and Coconuts Bar & Grill. The current treatment plant for the Village of Gravois Mills will also go offline. Once completed, the GASD will have about 880 users total, compared to almost 400 now. In addition to protecting the environment, officials believe the approximately $8.14 million expansion, funded through low interest government loans and grants, will help stabilize user rates.
Last month, approximately 60 customers were added to the system, according to GASD president Dave Taylor. About 80 percent of the Route O area has been completed and about 73 percent of the Towering Oaks area is done, he says. Serenity Cove and part of the Skyline area on Lake Rd. 5-18 is online as is Coconuts Bar & Grill. There was some extra expense in the Skyline area because the low elevation there required the installment of more grinder pumps than anticipated. The homes existing septic tanks were so low they could not be used to gravity feed into the system, Taylor said. All the major lift stations are in.
Taylor expects another 80 users in the Gentle Slope and Sheldon Point areas will go online in the coming month. South Elementary School on Hwy. 5 is not yet hooked up but is on track to be online before school starts, according to Taylor. "We're just pressing on to the end," he says. "In the neighborhoods, we're adding customers like crazy." Three more housing associations have petitioned the GASD for service, but Taylor says they will likely not be able to get to them all with the funding they have for this phase. Construction looks to be on track to finish by the mid-September deadline.