February 01, 2019
JOPLIN, MO. (February 1, 2019) – Missouri American Water has announced a final site recommendation for the proposed water reservoir. After extensive research and data analysis, Site C, the site east of I-49 has been selected.
Missouri American Water will apply for a permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within the next 30-60 days. The permit process could take up to two years. As part of this process, the USACE will be holding public meetings with dates and times to be determined.
The reservoir is needed to address the critical and growing water supply shortage for the Joplin region. Since 2012, Missouri American Water’s Joplin Operation has come within hours of having to enact mandatory water conservation measures three times due to low flows in Shoal Creek. In addition, the aquifer used to supplement water supply during the summer months, has limited capacity.