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  • Larger sewer system could lower rates

  • Expansion of the Normac sewer system west of Camdenton could lower bills for users depending on the outcome of a feasibility study being done by the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments.
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  • Expansion of the Normac sewer system west of Camdenton could lower bills for users depending on the outcome of a feasibility study being done by the Lake of the Ozarks Council of Local Governments.
    The feasibility study will analyze the overall costs and benefits to both the current customers and the proposed new customers of the Normac Sewer District.
    The proposed expansion will be the topic of discussion on Thurs., Aug. 29 when the council hosts a public meeting to discuss the study. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Camden County Courthouse.
    Normac is one of three systems operated under Camden County sewer district. The system currently serves 57 residential units with a design flow of 12,825 gpd (gallons per day). Customers pay an average of $73 a month for sewer service.
    The treatment plant as it exists today is capable of treating 28,800 gpd, so it has a surplus capacity of 15,795 gpd, according to Camden County Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken. Franken serves as a member of the LOCOLG.
    "The Normac district is very unique because there are several boundaries that currently exist that define its maximum size. The district is bounded on the west by the Lake of the Ozarks, on the south by U.S. Hwy. 54, and on the east and north by the Camdenton city limits. The parcels that are being researched in the feasibility study for inclusion into the district are the parcels that are in this area that are not currently in the district." he said. "This new area has 20 residential units and 58 condominium units. The design flow for these additional structures is 15,375 gpd, bringing the total design flow to 28,200, which is basically at plant capacity."
    It should be noted that design capacity and actual usage often deviate, which is the case with the Normac district. Historical flows are used to establish the baseline for the current used capacity. For the five years Normac has been online, the historical data shows the system is below the 12,825 gpd design flow, which ultimately means more capacity in the plant than what the design calculations show.
    "In short, there is plenty of capacity at the existing plant for all of the new potential customers. The Normac system went online in October of 2008, and the fee for monthly service is currently $73/month," Franken said. "Because the plant is already constructed, adding the new user base would drastically lower the monthly bills as only the extension of the collection system would need to be constructed. If the new homes were added to the district, the resulting bill could be as low as $50/month, however, we will have to wait until we see what the construction estimates come in at."
    LOCOLG staff declined to provide details about the district, saying they could not release information without the authorization of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources because of grant guidelines. LOCOLG did not provide information on what the grant was earmarked for or how much it was.
    Page 2 of 2 - Franken said grant has already been awarded to the LOCOLG by DNR and it is to produce the feasibility study for the possible expansion of the Normac system. The meeting on Thursday is to take public comment for the support, or lack thereof, for the expansion of the system.
     
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    Thurs., Aug. 29, 2013
    6 p.m.
    Camden County Courthouse
    On the agenda:
    Proposed Area of Expansion
    Potential Properties Identified
    Project engineer
    Project timeline
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