A report finds water supply for Missouri may be under threat

MULAN, Mo.

(AP) A report issued Wednesday finds water supplies in Missouri are under threat as the state grapples with the effects of drought and a severe winter.

The report by the Kansas-based Water Resources Conservation Board said the drought has left Missouri’s water system at risk of severe damage due to reduced water supply.

The board said it received 1,819 reports of water supply issues between March 1, 2018, and April 30, 2019.

Of those, 1,891 cases of acute water shortage and 1,079 cases of severe shortage have been reported, the report said.

“The severity of the acute shortage and severe shortage has resulted in significant economic and financial damage,” the report stated.

The Kansas report also said a large number of Missouri residents are being asked to ration their water, citing the threat of severe shortages.