The Kirksville Wastewater Treatment Plant was constructed in 1976, and upgraded in 1986. It was originally designed to handle 5 million gallons of sewage a day, but was de-rated by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to a 3.16 million gallon plant. As part of the operation of the plant, the City is required to obtain a permit from DNR. The city has been operating without a permit for nearly two years. Officials have been working with DNR to determine what this state agency will allow from the City and the expected treatment standards for the sewer treatment system.
This April, Kirksville leaders will ask you to consider allowing the City to obtain $18 million dollars in bonds to finance renovations at the wastewater treatment plant.