Group considering reservoirs for southwest Mo.

MONETT, Mo. (AP) - A group trying to lock in future water supplies for southwest Missouri is considering three potential reservoirs.

However, members of the Tri-State Water Resource Coalition, said Tuesday building new reservoirs is their lowest priority.

The coalition was formed in 2002 after a study showed southwest Missouri's groundwater resources wouldn't meet future demand. The coalition includes representatives from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

The coalition said instead of building reservoirs it would prefer to draw more than 124 million gallons a day from existing reservoirs. That would be enough to supply the region's water needs through 2050.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader, http://www.news-leader.com

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