What are the advantages of public sewers?
Public sewers are recommended and often required by both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for the collection and transport of wastewater to a permitted treatment facility. This is especially important for urban density developments because public sewers greatly reduce the potential for health hazards and contamination of our ground water supply.

Septic systems, at best, are temporary substitutes for public sewers. The geology of the Ozarks is generally considered unacceptable for individual treatment systems. Because of our karst topography, septic systems can and do fail often without our knowledge.

Unfortunately, our karst topography also can often provide a direct connection from septic system leach fields to our ground water. To minimize this impact to our ground water, both the City of Springfield and Greene County have adopted regulations that require a minimum size tract of 3 acres for individual treatment systems.

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1. How do I pay my sewer tax bill?
2. How do you initiate the construction of public sewers?
3. How is my monthly sewer bill calculated?
4. What actions are taken for sewer districts?
5. What are the advantages of public sewers?
6. What determines the cost per property for public sewers?
7. Where are the sewer lines located?
8. Who is responsible for the construction clean up?