What is the Southwest Missouri Joint Municipal Water Utility Commission?
The Southwest Missouri Joint Municipal Water Utility Commission is a coalition of public water suppliers who pool their efforts to develop water resources for communities in southwest Missouri. 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.
The Commission was developed by the board of directors of the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition. The Southwest Missouri Joint Municipal Water Utility Commission and Tri-State Water Resource Coalition are separate organizations. Once Tri-State Water Resource Coalition has done the work to make a new public water supply source available to be used by the members of the Southwest Missouri Joint Municipal Water Utility Commission, the Commission will engage in the building of water infrastructure projects to deliver additional water supply to regional communities.
- 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, quality water supplies for the next generation in southwest Missouri, the northeast corner of Oklahoma, and the southeast corner of Kansas.