JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Grants totaling more than $850,000 have been awarded to communities around the state by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for wastewater improvements.

A single grant of $500,000 was awarded to the city of Salem for improvement of the town’s sewer system, along with multiple Small Community Engineering Assistance grants to aid rural communities in hiring an engineering consultant.

The consultant would identify needed improvements in the wastewater management system in order to stay current with state laws and permit requirements.

Local communities from the KMZU listening area have received funding from these grants including Cleveland, Leeton and Holden.

Each town received grants of $50,000 to conduct studies to identify what improvements are needed in their respective wastewater management systems in order to ensure that quality service is provided in accordance with state law.

To learn more about wastewater management systems as well was permit information, visit the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website.