Cape Girardeau’s New Wastewater Plant Now Operating

A project several years in the making, Cape Girardeau’s new wastewater treatment facility came online early Tuesday, Dec. 9. This marks the largest public works project in Cape Girardeau’s history.

“The new wastewater facility better positions us for future growth and allows us to effectively treat our wastewater before discharge, and helps us comply with state and federal regulations,” said Public Works Director Tim Gramling. “We’re also extremely proud of the hardworking people in our wastewater division and the contractors, engineers, and equipment suppliers who helped make this happen.”

Funding for the new facility was made possible by voters during the April 2011 election. New Missouri state regulations required Cape Girardeau to increase its wastewater treatment capacity. During wet weather, wastewater exceeded the previous plant’s capacity, bypassing the facility and flowing into the Mississippi River without receiving treatment. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) no longer permits wastewater bypass. The new facility brings the city of Cape Girardeau into compliance with the new DNR regulations.

Ground was broken for the new facility on Sept. 7, 2012. Overseen by city staff, plant construction was completed by contractors. This is the largest wastewater facility in southeast Missouri and the most advanced plant in the state of Missouri, with the ability to produce a biosolids fertilizer that can eventually be used as beneficial use product for consumers.

The new facility has several new features. We’ll be sharing more information in future issues of My Cape and here on the city’s blog.

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