Investing In Our Communities
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) estimates that approximately $277 billion of capital spending will be needed between 2003 and 2022 to replace aging water infrastructure and comply with stricter water quality standards, and the USEPA estimates that approximately $388 billion will be needed between 2000 and 2019 to replace aging wastewater infrastructure. We intend to invest capital prudently to enable us to continue to provide essential services to our regulated water and wastewater utility customers. Investing in our infrastructure is critical to our mission of serving our customers quality and reliable water and wastewater service.
We have a strong and ongoing commitment to investing in infrastructure and keeping it updated. We are committed to delivering excellent service that our customers depend upon at an exceptional value. Tap water costs about a penny a gallon - a remarkable value compared to any other utilities today. With few exceptions, water service remains the lowest utility bill that a household will pay.
Missouri American Water has invested approximately $357 million in infrastructure improvements around the state between 2000 and 2006. These improvements include improving the water treatment process in Warrensburg -- Missouri’s first water treatment plant to use ozonation to improve taste. We’ve upgraded the water and wastewater systems in Incline Village – improving water quality, restoring fire protection systems and ending a wastewater system moratorium that had stopped local growth. And, we’ve extended water service from St. Louis County to Public Water Supply District C-1— delivering the project on time and $600,000 under budget.
Our investments provide high-quality water and wastewater service to our customers. Current projects include a $44 million water plant improvement and expansion project in Joplin to meet upcoming stringent water treatment guidelines and increased water demand due to community growth and replacing obsolete water mains in St. Louis County – continuing a ten-year program using a customized analysis tool to identify the projects with the best cost/benefit analysis.