New water intake tunnel under river approaching completion

A cluster of workers stand at the end of a 7-foot-high, 220-foot-long intake tunnel under the Missouri River.

A cluster of workers stand at the end of a 7-foot-high, 220-foot-long intake tunnel under the Missouri River. Photo by Jeff Haldiman.

This week, workers should complete the full length of a tunnel beneath the Missouri River as part of a project to increase the capacity of Jefferson City’s water supplier.

Back in September, Missouri American Water started replacing equipment, some of which is more than 100 years old.

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“This project is designed as a first step in avoiding the water-usage restrictions of 2005 and 2006,” said Gilbert Cole, Jefferson City operations superintendent.

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