Bottom of Missouri River eroding away

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Your drinking water may be more difficult to get in the future as Missouri River levels drop. The bottom of the river is eroding away, which means water levels are now lower.

If they get too low, the pipes that pull water from the river could be sticking out above the water.

“If you have water intake for WaterOne or Kansas City, Mo., there could be opportunities where it would be difficult to get water out of the river,” Tom Jacobs with MARC said.

So far, $100,000 has already been spent on the problem; however the dropping levels could cost $350 million if not fixed.

Twenty-two organizations are working together to figure out why it is happening and find possible solutions.

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