November 2023 Board Update
City Utilities Board Gives Green Light to Securing City’s Water Supply
The Board of Public Utilities has approved an agreement expressing City Utilities’ intent to buy future water from Stockton Lake. This is the first step in a process to secure the future water needed for the Springfield area beyond 2060. The board approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between City Utilities and the Southwest Missouri Joint Water Utility Commission (SWMO).
SWMO is requesting a total of 94,750 acre-feet of water storage space in Stockton Lake to be reallocated for drinking water supply. One-acre-foot is equal to 325,851 gallons. If approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), City Utilities could purchase 29,154 acre-feet of water storage space in Stockton Lake as part of SWMO‘s request. CU is one of several water utilities involved in the SWMO request to reallocate water storage space within Stockton Lake. The preliminary cost estimate for CU’s portion of this allocation is $15.0 million. If SWMO is successful in obtaining a contract with the Corps, this would be CU’s third allocation of water from Stockton Lake.
In the early 1990’s, following extensive research, a 30-mile pipeline running from Stockton Lake to Fellows Lake was constructed to supply water to Springfield in the event of drought situations. Along with the pipeline, in 1993, City Utilities secured a contract with the Corps to purchase a 25,000 acre-feet allocation at a cost of $4.6 million, with an option for an additional allocation that was purchased for $7.8 million in 2013. Through these allocations, a total of 50,000 acre-feet is currently available to supplement CU’s existing water supply sources.
The purchase of the third allocation, through the SWMO project would provide an additional 29,154 acre-feet to support the water supply of City Utilities during drought conditions and secure the water supply for future generations.