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Kimberling City’s acceptance of sewer system didn’t negate contractor’s warranty


Kimberling City occupies several ridges and valleys where Missouri Highway 13 crosses the heart of Table Rock Lake. You would have a hard time finding a place where the installation of a sewer system was more difficult and expensive per customer, due to the steep and rocky terrain and the necessity of pumping the wastewater collected in each valley over the hills to eventually reach the treatment plant.

Kimberling City grew from almost nothing to a population of nearly 5,000 since the completion of the dam that created Table Rock Lake in 1959. Permanent residents and vacationers are attracted to Read the rest of this entry

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Missouri PSC asserts jurisdiction over one tiny utility company, but many others escape


Water and sewer services to residences and businesses are essential. Most of us take for granted that the operations of those who provide these services are reliable and are regulated. In reality, many water and sewer providers fall through several holes in Missouri’s statutory framework of regulation by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).

DNR’s regulations

DNR sets engineering standards for water wells, treatment and storage facilities, and distribution systems (mains and valves). DNR licenses well drillers and maintains a registry describing each water well, based on data required to be submitted by well drillers. DNR does not regulate rates charged by water sellers, but does require that permanent entity (called a “continuing authority”) be established for each water system serving more than 15 users. A continuing authority for water is required to show DNR that it has the technical, managerial and financial capacity to operate the system, or at least that’s what the rules say. DNR implements its regulations by requiring submittal of engineering plans for the issuance of construction permits and certfications from private engineers that water and sewer facilities are completed according to the approved plans before issuance of operating and discharge permits. DNR also licenses operators of water and sewer facilities. Read the rest of this entry

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