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What is the Southwest Missouri Joint Municipal Water Utility Commission (Southwest Missouri Regional Water Commission)?

The Southwest Missouri Regional Water Commission (SWMO Regional Water) is a coalition of public water suppliers from southwest Missouri who are pooling their resources to develop additional regional water infrastructure. It is a Joint Municipal Utility Commission as established by Missouri law. The Joint Municipal Utility Commission Act, Sections 393.700 to 393.770 RSMo, authorizes municipalities, public water supply districts and other public sector entities of the State of Missouri to contract together and create a jointly owned water utility. This utility is a separate governmental entity, constituting a political subdivision. It’s members pool their money to fund projects and then share the benefit of those projects.

The Commission was developed by the board of directors of the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition. The SWMO Regional Water Commission and Tri-State Water Coalition are legally separate organizations with companion goals. Once Tri-State Water has secured additional water supply source(s) then SWMO Regional Water will develop projects to deliver that water to regional communities.

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  • For more information about regional water issues, please visit our sister organization Tri-State Water Resource Coalition.  Tri-State Water Resource Coalition (Tri-State Water) is a non-profit (501(c)(4)) organization whose mission is to secure adequate, affordable water supplies for the next generation in southwest Missouri.