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State considering Missouri American for Capitol water

State considering Missouri American for Capitol water

August 17th, 2017 by Bob Watson in Local News
The Missouri Office of Administration is considering shifting the Capitol from its current well service to Missouri American Water.

The Missouri Office of Administration is considering shifting...

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State officials are looking into the possibility of converting the Capitol Complex to Missouri American Water Co.'s services from the well water currently used.

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"Based on a very preliminary analysis," Office of Administration Communications Director Ryan Burns said, "the state believes there could be a cost benefit to making the switch from the well water — and associated costs related to required treatment, regular testing and training of staff on testing protocol, and electricity to run multiple pumps."

Burns said a number of buildings are currently connected to the well, including the Capitol, Jefferson, Broadway and Supreme Court buildings; the Senate and House parking garages; the Environmental Control Center; the Lewis & Clark Memorial just east of the Capitol; the Governor's Garden; and the Centaur and Veteran's fountains on the river side as well as the two south-side fountains between the Capitol and High Street.

At the same time, she said, a number of other buildings within the Capitol Complex already are connected to Missouri American Water's services, including the governor's office; Highway and Transportation and Harry S Truman buildings; the Governor's Mansion; Lohman's Landing; Jefferson Hotel; and the Maus House.

The U.S. Post Office building also is served by the company's water, and the state leases the top two floors.

Burns noted the Capitol has a backup connection to Missouri American, even though it typically uses the well system, and the Truman Building has a backup connection to the well while typically using the commercial system.

She said the state is beginning an analysis that "includes all buildings in the Capitol Complex," to decide if a switch would save money and be more efficient than the current plan using well water for some and commercial water for others.

"We expect to complete our assessment and make a decision in early to mid-2018," Burns reported.

Meanwhile, she added: "The state has no concerns with running out of well water" while the assessment process continues.