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Southwest Missouri is very dependent on ground water to meet its water supply needs. Water users include public and private water suppliers, industries and agricultural uses. Recent studies reveal that based on projected future water use, the area may, in ten to fifteen years, face a critical water shortage during a drought. It is essential that the area take immediate steps to avoid a future water shortage.

These steps should include 

  1. Seeking new sources of water supply.
  2. Implementing a water conservation plan or program.

The water conservation plan should consist of two segments:

  1. Conservation during normal periods
  2. Conservation during periods of drought.

Tri-state Water Resource Coalition recommends the development and implementation of a conservation program for public and private water supplies.  Furthermore, Tri-state Water Resource Coalition is also seeking additional water supplies.