News Release
Release No.STELPRD4009604
ContactPhyllis Minner(573) 624-5939 Ext 4
Gideon, MO, Apr 19, 2011 --

@@In conjunction with the national celebration of Earth Day, Phyllis Minner, Area Specialist for USDA Rural Development, presented the City of Gideon with a certificate of appreciation for partnering with Rural Development to obtain $2,604,125 million in funds to construct a new wastewater treatment facility. The new facility will serve 454 homes and businesses within city limits.

The City has been cited on numerous occasions for treatment deficiencies by Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR), and is currently operating under a Schedule of Compliance in order to resolve the deficiencies. The existing lagoon has exceeded its design life and consistently releases effluent above the regulatory limits. The collection system is experiencing high inflow and infiltration during rain events, and the current system is not set up to add disinfection to the discharge. The residents of Gideon have been proactive and passed a bond issue, raised their wastewater rates and hired Shultz and Summers, Engineering, Inc. to design a facility that will sustain the needs of the residents through the foreseeable future.

The new wastewater treatment project will consist of collection line extensions, manhole rehabilitation, gravity main lining, lift station rehabilitations, and the construction of a non-discharge lagoon and spray field. This type of system, according to the project engineer, has recently been heralded by MoDNR for multiple reasons, one of which is the minimal maintenance and operation skill that is required to run the system. Also, capital and operations costs are significantly less than a plant, which would be required to meet the ever-restrictive limits set by MoDNR.

“This Gideon project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and the commitment to the future of rural communities,” said Anita J. Dunning, Missouri State Director. “Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials including U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt plus U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson for making available federal monies for funding this kind of project providing essential services for rural Missouri.”

Further information regarding this program is available by contacting Phyllis Minner, Area Specialist, at or by calling 573-624-5939, ext. 4. Rural Development’s web site is:

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