With phase three of construction recently behind them and operations running in the black, Gravois Arm Sewer District is evaluating its prospects for a fourth phase of construction.
According to Dave Taylor, chairman of the GASD board of directors, 11 residential associations and subdivisions as well as some businesses have contacted the district seeking to have wastewater treatment extended to their areas.
"We have associations and businesses that want service," he said. "It's just a matter of getting to them."
The board recently discussed parameters for phase four and instructed district engineer Schultz Surveying & Engineering to begin drawing up preliminary plans based on the interested areas of the district and a roughly $4 million proposed budget.
While the 11 areas of interest represent some 400 potential customers, Taylor said the next phase will likely reach around 200.
On the tails of the $8.2 million phase three construction, the board is looking for something a little more manageable, he said. The project required approximately 650 easements.
While the 11 areas of homes and businesses wanting service are spread out in the district, many of them are located near existing trunk lines and lift stations.
In this phase, the board is looking to pick up customers near lift stations due to the lower cost to put them on line.
The board is also considering a stand alone project that could potentially serve around 100 homes in the southern part of the district.
Phase three of construction put the Village of Gravois Mills on the district's main treatment plant constructed in phase two. The board may put the smaller plant that was previously serving the town to a use in the area south of Route O down Lake Rd. 5-30.
The district could at some later date then hook up that area to the main treatment plant when it was feasible.
What the next project will look like is up in the air, said Taylor.
Once the board selects the most cost effective plan for phase four and the preliminary engineering report is done, the board will start the funding process with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Outside of the last project, the other construction phases were $4 million and under, funded largely through USDA.
Taylor is hopeful that the similar, smaller price tag for phase four will help the district's chances of getting the project funded.