February 16, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Ozone Disinfection System Groundbreaking

The City of Springfield will host special guests from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ozone Disinfection System at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010.

Karl Brooks, the new Regional Administrator for the EPA’s Regional Office in Kansas City; and Dru Buntin, DNR Deputy Director, will join Mayor Jim O’Neal for the groundbreaking ceremony, which will take place at the ozone facility within the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant.

This project is made possible through a $16 million combination low-interest loan and direct grant of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. It will improve the City’s disinfection capacity by about 50 percent, which will create regional downstream water-quality improvements for flows into Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo.

Following the ceremony, the City will provide a short tour and briefing for Mr. Brooks to learn more about Springfield’s award-winning Brownfields program. Congressman Roy Blunt will participate in the Brownfields tour and program as an opportunity to meet Mr. Brooks, who began serving in this post this month.

Here is itinerary information for media interested in covering these events.

For more information, contact: Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.

Media packets with more background information about the ozone disinfection process will be available at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov