NORTHWEST MISSOURI — More than $70,000 will be used by the State of Missouri to assist in the funding of temporary emergency water pipelines in two separate areas of the KMZU listening area.

Gov. Mike Parson (AP)

Due to the ongoing drought, water levels in Cameron and in Caldwell County have reached dangerously low levels, with fewer than 170 days of water reserves remaining for the City of Cameron, according to city officials.

Gov. Mike Parson met Friday with local officials to discuss $77,000 in emergency funding to assist in drought’s impact on drinking water supplies in Cameron and in Caldwell County.

“Any shortage of drinking water is a serious issue. In response, these grants will be a step in the right direction as we work to develop short and long term solutions for clean and dependable water sources,” Gov. Parson said. “We are committed to ensuring all state, local, and federal agencies work together to ease the drought’s burden.  We will continue to be proactive in addressing local infrastructure needs to deliver much needed water to communities in need.”

Drought assistance grants have been approved by the Missouri Department of Conservation to help avoid a crisis, totaling $50,000 for Cameron and $27,380 for Caldwell County Public Water Supply District No. 2.

“Our water levels have reached critical levels.  These state grants will be helpful in assisting the transfer of water from Pony Express Lake,” said Cameron City Councilman Dennis Clark. “I want to thank Gov. Parson, the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Conservation for stepping in and helping us at such a crucial time.”

A portion of northwest Missouri, including Cameron, Caldwell County and much of the KMZU listening area, is experiencing D4 drought conditions, indicating exceptional drought throughout the region.