Ground was broken on 17 February for a USD 16 million project that will improve the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant in Springfield, Missouri. The project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Included in the wastewater treatment plant improvements are measures to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption. A new ozone disinfection system will reduce energy consumption resulting in future energy savings of approximately USD 4 million over 20 years. The wastewater project will utilize energy-efficient technologies and green innovations that will lead to sustainable economic recovery.

EPA is working with community leaders and the public to develop innovative solutions for managing and financing wastewater infrastructure. The project is creating 30 new jobs and is expected to be completed by spring of 2012.