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Joplin water quality…have you checked it lately?

JOPLIN, Mo. (June 2, 2022) – Missouri American Water customers are encouraged to visit to view the 2021 Consumer Confidence Report to learn more about the source and quality of their drinking water. The primary source of drinking water for the Joplin Area is Shoal Creek, which is supplemented by a system of deep wells used primarily in summer months. 

Missouri American Water’s Joplin Treatment Plant is nationally recognized with the Directors Award from the Partnership for Safe Water, a voluntary initiative developed by six prestigious drinking water organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognizes systems for consistently surpassing federal and state drinking water standards. The Joplin facility has been recognized with this distinction for 19 years. 

“We have a team of highly-skilled plant operators and water quality specialists who are committed to delivering safe, clean, reliable water service to our customers in the Joplin community, and we’re proud to meet or surpass state and federal health and safety regulations,” said Matthew Barnhart, director of operations for Missouri American Water. “We also continually invest to upgrade our treatment plant and distribution system so high-quality water is there when our customers need it.”

This year Missouri American Water is investing $400 million to upgrade water and wastewater treatment plants and pipeline systems across the state to further enhance water quality and service reliability.

The Joplin Operation has also worked with a team of community stakeholders to develop a Source Water Protection Plan to reduce the risk of potential contamination to both Shoal Creek and the wells that provide drinking water. This plan has been recognized by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and is updated on an annual basis.

The 2021 Water Quality Report is available on the company’s website at under the water quality tab.  

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