Onsite Wastewater


The Springfield region of Missouri has seen high growth rates in the last decade. Much of this growth has occurred south of the city, and in unincorporated areas. Many of these areas rely on well water and on-site septic systems to service business and household needs. The area known as the “Springfield Plateau” has a unique suite of soils, topography and hydrology. These features present a distinctive potential for groundwater contamination.

The Onsite Wastewater Training Center is a demonstration site for new and innovative stormwater controls that can be compared to more traditional designs would benefit builders as well as city permitters and planners. Educational features that can incorporate watershed and groundwater protection would naturally tie the importance of septic and stormwater in preventing nonpoint source pollution.

The Onsite Wastewater Training Center was established with grant funding awarded to the Watershed Committee from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Technology Demonstrations at the OWTC include: Low Pressure Pipe, Drip Irrigation, Siphon, Manifold Systems, D-Boxes, Septic Tank and Pump Tank Varieties, Septic Tanks with Treatment Media (Pretreatment Units), 4 Trench Technologies, Mini Lagoon, Exposed Unions and Corrections, Trade Tools and Equipment Shed, and a Peat Filter.

The Onsite Wastewater Training Center was established with grant funding awarded to the Watershed Committee from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, a Section 319 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant. Cooperating Agencies–City of Springfield, Greene County, County Health and City Utilities of Springfield.