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.
Impacted property owners were notified by letter. The application will be made to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers within 30-60 days. Additionally property owners will be contacted within the next 6-8 weeks regarding the possible sale of their property. The permit process is expected to take up to two years.
“We are very aware this will be a difficult time for the impacted property owners, said Matt Barnhart, senior operations manager, southwest division. We will be treat them with the utmost respect and we will do all we can to lessen the stress and inconvenience this is sure to create.”
As stated in our previous meetings, property owners will receive just compensation based on the fair market value of their properties.
Several options were considered to address the water supply issue including 12 possible reservoir locations. Additional wells were ruled out due to the declining water levels in the aquifer.
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