Regional sewer system proposed again at Lake of the Ozarks

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | 8:53 a.m. CDT

SUNRISE BEACH — The recent flap over E. coli tests and state oversight of Lake of the Ozarks water quality has some residents convinced it's time to plan a regional sewer system.

The Four County Wastewater Task Force held its first meeting in May to discuss the project. Water watchers say a centralized sewer system to replace thousands of aging septic tanks around the sprawling Missouri lake would cost at least $150 million.

Concerns over the link between lake pollution and potential health risks go back decades. A Kansas City engineering firm recommended a regional sewer system in 1999, but the report was never acted upon.

The latest concerns built up last summer when a state agency delayed for one month the release of tests showing elevated levels of E. coli bacteria in the lake.

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