The purpose of the Southwest Missouri Joint Municipal Water Utility Commission is to develop the water supply sources and distribution facilities necessary to meet the needs of members organizations and the inhabitants they serve. The Commission is organized on  a regional basis to provide for potable water supplies and distribution of safe drinking water to meet all or a part of the potable water requirements of member organizations in the most economical and efficient manner.

As of early 2014, no water supply sources have been developed for the Commission. Until water supply sources have been identified, the Commission will not be active. Tri-State Water Resource Coalition is actively working on identifying sources of water for communities in Southwest Missouri.