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Committee considers bill to upgrade Missouri’s aging water infrastructure

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It’s a well known fact in Missouri’s business community that the future prosperity of our state is tied to our ability to support the maintenance and expansion of vital infrastructure.

A bill discussed in committee this week would help our state’s aging water and sewer systems to be upgraded and repaired in a proactive manner, ensuring these vital services will be able to meet the needs of businesses and residents today and in the future.

The Missouri Water and Sewer Infrastructure Act is in Senate Bill 44.

“Much of Missouri’s water and sewer system is nearing the end of its expected life and needs to be replaced,” said Sen. Bill White, the sponsor of the legislation. White is a Republican from Joplin and a 2020 Business Champion.

Missouri Chamber Director of Legislative Affairs Kara Corches testified in support of the bill.

“We have longstanding policy that we support upgrading aging infrastructure systems while also ensuring that rates remain both predictable and affordable for customers,” said Corches. “We think that this bill does that and we certainly recognize the advantage of having both reliable and affordable water and energy systems overall in the state in both retaining our businesses and residents as well as attracting new ones.”

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