Sunrise Beach was one of five recipients of this program in Missouri, according to a press release from the USDA. The Missouri portion totaled approximately $8 million.

Long anticipated funding for Phase 2 of sewer for the Village of Sunrise Beach is now at hand with a federal loan and grant program that is investing $1.2 billion nationwide in 235 rural water and environmental infrastructure projects.

Sunrise Beach was one of five recipients of this program in Missouri, according to a press release from the USDA. The Missouri portion totaled approximately $8 million.

“Access to clean, safe drinking water and a modern, functioning wastewater system is crucial to the prosperity of rural communities,” said USDA-RD Missouri State Director Jeff Case.  “The projects announced today will ensure necessary water and wastewater improvements are made for over 2,000 rural Missourians.”

The village’s share will include a $1,433,000 loan and $1,309,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The package will finance the majority of the second phase of the Sunrise Beach wastewater treatment system, serving the northern portion of the village.

“Expanding the Village's wastewater collection and treatment system will allow for further residential and commercial development in this area of Lake of the Ozarks, while improving the lake's eco-structure. Sunrise Beach is a truly rural community of 431 in central Missouri's Camden County,” explained the press release from USDA.

In addition to the USDA loan and grant package, the city will utilize a $480,000 federal block grant, awarded to help reduce costs for low-income residents. The total estimated project cost is $3,225,000.

Once in the ground, Sunrise Beach Planner Roger Corbin estimated that the sewer system could likely meet the town’s wastewater treatment needs for the next 10 to 15 years.

Tripling the capacity of the current system with a second treatment plant twice as big as the current plant, phase two will also add around 120 to 130 new users including several businesses and Hurricane Deck Elementary in addition to approximately 80 residences, according to Corbin. 

The project will mainly serve the Highway 5 corridor from OakStar Bank on the south to the boundary with the City of Laurie, as well as a few small lake roads off the highway in between. It will also include a spur or extension to the phase one area off of Highway 5/State Route F from Woods Supermarket to the old fire station on Route TT.

The preliminary engineering report for the proposed system extension in Sunrise Beach has been in place since 2014. With drinking water system extensions underway during this time, the sewer project was delayed to ensure adequate cash flow would be available, according to Corbin.

USDA allowed the municipality to use the 2014 report in its new grant application made earlier this year.

Over the next several months, engineers will finalize details of the system. Corbin anticipated the project would be ready to be bid out in Fall 2019. Current plans will place the second wastewater treatment plan off of Jet Ski Road.

Other projects in Missouri receiving USDA funding include Cooper County Public Water Service District #1, MO-ARK Water Company in the Lampe/Blue Eye area, Newton County Public Water Service District #1 and the City of Clarksville.