Missouri American Water Recognized During Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership (MWIP) Farewell Dinner
As a member organization, Missouri American Water was recognized at an awards ceremony signifying the conclusion of the Metro Water Infrastructure Partnership (MWIP).
MWIP, an organization dedicated to advancing community conversations about the importance of investing in our region’s water and wastewater infrastructure, recently awarded member institutions for their years of work on behalf of the organization.
“While the work of educating the people of the St. Louis region about the need to properly invest in our aging infrastructure will continue, MWIP as an organization will disband,” said Curt Skouby, President of MWIP and Director of the City of St. Louis Water Department. “MWIP has done fantastic work over its 10 years of existence, but the time has come for the member institutions to focus on other needs specific to their business.”
At its wrap-up gala on Thursday, current and former members celebrated their time in the organization and its various accomplishments, including bringing together local leaders for educational events, educating local youth about the water system, and conducting a study to properly measure the area’s water and wastewater infrastructure needs. Among the key findings of the study:
- Nearly half of the bi-state St. Louis regional system has exceeded its expected life, and should be considered for replacement.
- Replacing underground pipe is expensive, costing $1 million per mile or more depending on location. Water rates must go up to support increased rate of replacement.
- Comparing 2018 to 2011, more people today: (1) recognize the importance of water infrastructure; (2) are concerned with the quality of our region's infrastructure; and (3) would be willing to invest in and pay more to support water infrastructure maintenance and upgrades.
The following member organizations were recognized with an MWIP Appreciation Award at the dinner:
- Missouri American Water
- Illinois American Water
- City of Kirkwood Water
- City of St. Louis Water
- Public Water Supply District No. 2
- Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
- ASCE/EWRI St. Louis Chapter
Missouri American Water
Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.