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.
Progress continues on the project. According to GASD president Dave Taylor, contract one for the Lake Road 5-18 area and the line work to transfer treatment of the village wastewater to the new district plant on Route P is 73 percent complete. Workers are now digging their way toward the Gravois Mills plant. Contract two in the Towering Oak Rd. area is more than 91 percent done. Contract three covers the area around the end of State Route O. It is about 83 percent complete. The deadline for the contracts is mid-September.
The district has run into some trouble due to the drought, says Taylor. Many trees are stressed due to the extremely dry conditions. With digging affecting root systems, district is working with an arborist and the Missouri Department of Conservation to minimize damage.
In contract one, Rosetta has 10 more grinder stations to install. Under contract two, crews are working on piping in the Melcher Rd. area. The board is working on resolving some billing problems caused by different easement numbers being used. Any customers with questions about billing are encouraged to call 573-374-4025. As customers come on line, they may be billed for a partial month, according to Taylor. He also advised that customers may choose to pay by the year, which offers a discount. New customers are also asked to keep in mind that grinder pumps do not like grease, oil, paint or other chemicals. Stickers have been placed on the control box at each station with telephone numbers to call in case of emergency.