Holts Summit Receives Sewer Rebate


Holts Summit received a reimbursement check last week for completed sewer construction in the city.

The rebate was paid for by the Missouri Public Utilities Commission and presented to Holts Summit through the Missouri Rural Water Association.

The check for $58,775.93 was for “reimbursement of interest charges during regionalization construction,” according to a press release from the Missouri Rural Water Association.

Holts Summit is owned by the Missouri Rural Water Association, an organization that aims “to be the premier source of professional service, support, and representation for Missouri water and sanitation utilities,” according to the MRWA website.

MRWA serves as the administrator of the Missouri Public Utilities Commission’s Interim Loan Program, which provided the financing for the construction.

The project began in July 2020 and was completed on January 12, 2022. Construction cost $5,958,175.43 and engineering $1,408,196.52.

This construction allowed Holts Summit to regionalize its sewer system with Jefferson City. Holts Summit Sewer Superintendent Keith Edwards said all sewage is now treated by the Jefferson City Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Edwards said the regionalization will also eliminate the Holts Summit National Pollution Discharge Disposal System permit. The United States Environmental Protection Agency defines NPDES as a program that “addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into United States waters.”

Edwards said the regionalization eliminates the responsibility of having a sewage treatment facility at Holts Summit. Edwards said Holts Summit can also plan for the long term now, since regionalization with Jefferson City has a contract with fixed rates and permitted streams that can allow for growth.

Brandon Ruediger, city administrator of Holts Summit, said the project’s completion comes after years of working with federal and state agencies.

The regionalization project allows the city to continue to provide safe and reliable service, Ruediger said in the press release. The loan was structured and managed by DA Davidson & Co., a public finance company whose nearest office is in Kansas City.

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