Although concern about Missouri River levels abounds, those depending on it for drinking water have nothing to worry about. Click t hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Boonville Public Works Director M.L. Cauthon:
Cauthon explained that the river is currently holding around three feet. Boonville’s lowest point to draw raw water is five feet below the zero river level, which means right now they have eight feet of water above their lowest intake.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sends weekly updates to areas getting their water from the Missouri River on how releases from upstream reservoirs will affect the river in this area. Cauthon said he does not foresee a situation where the Corps would let the levels get low enough cities would not be able to draw their public water supply.