Missouri American Water Investments in New Water Main Improves Fire Protection in North Joplin

Project adding over 6000 Feet of Water Line Replacement and Upgrades made in North Joplin highlighted during National Drinking Water Week.

Joplin, MO. (May 7, 2019) – Missouri American Water is continuing to replace and upgrade older water mains in North Joplin. The sections being replaced are in areas that have been prone to repeated water main breaks. The older 2-inch water pipe, originally installed in the 1950’s are being replaced with new 8-inch water pipe. These upgrades not only improve water service reliability, but also significantly improve fire protection.

“Without an adequate supply of water, our ability to quickly extinguish a fire is hampered,” said Joplin Fire Chief James Furgerson.” “We value our working relationship with Missouri American Water and the investments they have made throughout various parts of the city to not only address our needs, but the needs of the citizens.”

These projects are part of a 2019 investment plan ultimately replacing approximately 25,000 feet of pipe. The approximate total investment is $4.5 million, and all projects will be complete by the end of December this year. (PHOTO OPPORTUNITY AT JOB SITE LOCATED AT INTERSECTION OF RICHMOND AND JACKSON IN NORTH JOPLIN – CONTACT CHRISTIE BARNHART FOR MORE DETAILS)

“Fire protection is one of the most critical services we provide,” said Matt Barnhart, Senior Manager, operations. “We work closely with Chief Furgerson and the entire department to ensure we make the investments necessary to maintain and improve water pressures throughout the entire system as that is a crucial component of fighting fires.”

Missouri American Water’s Joplin Operation has over 520 miles of water lines serving homes and businesses in the community.

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Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.

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