Missouri American Water increases water impoundment

Friday, July 20, 2012 | 10:45 a.m. CDT; updated 2:29 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 20, 2012

JOPLIN — In response to the continuing drought, the Missouri American Water Co. in Joplin is increasing the amount of water it can hold at its impoundment on Shoal Creek.

The company announced Thursday that it had installed a gate system atop a concrete dam at the impoundment, which is Joplin's primary source of water.

The Joplin Globe reported that the gates increase the depth of the impoundment behind the dam by 2 feet, adding about 68 million gallons of water to the reservoir.

Matt Barnhart, manager of the private utility, said it's a precautionary measure in case the water is needed in the future.

The system was tested Thursday to ensure it retained water but allowed enough water to flow through to maintain an adequate water level downstream.

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