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Missouri American announces plans for infrastructure improvement projects

by Jeff Haldiman | May 17, 2022 at 4:00 a.m. | Updated May 17, 2022 at 9:33 a.m.
Missouri American Water's Jefferson City water treatment facility, on average, treats between 3.5 to 5 million gallons of water per day for residents and businesses to be able to turn a faucet handle and clean, safe water pour from it. (Julie Smith/News Tribune File Photo July 2019)

Officials with Missouri American Water announced Monday plans to improve their operations in Jefferson City.

Brent Hass, manager of operations of Missouri American Water Jefferson City, said they plan to invest more than $11.4 million to increase system resiliency. That's up from the $6.6 million they spent last year.

They plan to replace more than 9,00o feet of water main throughout the city. The first portion will occur on Southwest Boulevard with more than 2,000 feet of main replaced, going from around the Swifts Highway area to Thompson Street, south of Stadium Boulevard. This project will extend to include east and west on Stadium as well. This work is expected to begin later this month or in early June.

Another 3,000 feet of main will be replaced in an area that includes Moreland Avenue, Eminence Drive, Rehagan Boulevard and Lansdowne Lane. Depending on how fast the Southwest project goes, the work on this project could begin this summer.

"There are a lot of factors in how long it will take to get these done," Hass said. "Usually it's a three- to four-month range depending on how much traffic there is in the area, how much rock has to be moved and the size of the project as well."

Hass said he's proud of the improvements the company has made in recent years. This includes major updates at the water treatment plant off West Main Street, installing an elevated tank on Missouri 179 and the intake structure that was put into service back in 2011 to allow the company to get water from the Missouri River at lower levels than they previously had been able to do.

Along with the new infrastructure projects, Missouri American has also launched a new pipe replacement map that allows customers to see where the company has made investments in Jefferson City as well as a customer advisory map which allows customers to see where there are water disruptions. Both can be found at

CORRECTION: This article was edited at 9:33 a.m. May 17, 2022, to correct Missouri American's website address.

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