Currently, the City's main source of water is groundwater from an aquifer near the Missouri River. We rely on the City's water system to treat and transport water to 48,000 customers (a population of over 115,000 people) residing and working in our 89 square mile service area. Columbia will continue to grow and will someday need to expand its water supply.
Our Project Team is looking at different water supply alternatives to integrate into our current water system. Your input is valued, as it is essential that the Water Resource Plan aligns with the community's vision.
Alternatives for increasing raw water supply include expanding existing well fields using alternative groundwater sources and surface water from the Missouri River.
Improvements and expansion of the current water treatment plant will be needed to continue to provide reliable supply and to handle the future demand.
It is important to consider the feasibility, cost, and phasing when evaluating the supply alternatives.