Regional Growth Will Require Additional Water Supply
Water is a finite resource and we live in a growing region Census MO Population Percent Change 2000 2010. Most communities in our area depend on ground water. Increasing populations and business expansions stress groundwater, leading to groundwater declines. This was evident during our last significant droughts in 2006 and 2012 when many communities faced issues related to water scarcity DNR Drought 2012 Response . Communities in southwest Missouri will need additional water supply to meet the projected demands of our growing region in the decades to come.
Tri-State Water Resource Coalition is a non-profit (501c4) organization whose sole mission is to secure adequate, affordable water supplies for the next generation in southwest Missouri.
The “Three Legged Stool” of Water Issues
Water supply is not a stand alone issue. It is closely linked to using water efficiently and to preserving water quality.
Because water is so cheap it’s been very easy to waste, but water efficiency will become more important as our communities grow and as we face future periods of drought. Families, farmers, businesses and industry will need to find additional ways to use water wisely. Water that we “save” through efficient use is our least expensive “new” water, and it will extend the amount of time that our current supply will meet our needs.
The importance of water quality cannot be overstated. Though not our primary mission, Tri-State Water strongly supports the efforts of our region’s water quality organizations.
Leaders Planning for Future Prosperity
Tri-State Water, along with community leaders from across the region, must look to the horizon and implement planning today to secure adequate, affordable water supplies for the future of our region. Many steps in that process have already been taken, many more remain, but the mission is clear and the benefit to our future success is undeniable.
Tri-State Water Coalition has worked collaboratively with our southwest Missouri member communities, the Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and engaged several engineering firms, to develop the foundation of information needed to evaluate current and future supply, current and future demand, regional gaps to 2060, potential future water supply sources, reallocation requirements, conservation scenarios, current infrastructure capacities, future infrastructure needs and potential transmission routes, rate impacts, economic drivers, and planning level costs. A series of technical studies are complete, and others are ongoing. See the research tab for more information.