Missouri American Water

Groundbreaking at Missouri American Water.

Missouri American Water broke ground on a new service center that will aid Jefferson City and surrounding communities.

Officials broke ground Sept. 26 for the new center, which will be located at 329 Hoover Rd. The project will cost $4.3 million.

Missouri American Water President Debbie Dewey said in a press release the center was much needed and will help better meet customers' needs.

“This new service center will optimize Jefferson City staff operations and maintenance functions to better support our growing customer base and make way for necessary improvements at our treatment plant,” Dewey said in a press release. “There will be new laboratory space, conference rooms – including the largest conference room at Missouri American Water capable of hosting large, centralized meetings – and space for safely storing equipment and materials.”

The current service center located on West High Street is being vacated to allow for improvements at the water treatment facility also located there. The water treatment facility is planned to undergo significant changes and upgrades over the next two years.

In the press release, Dewey said the new service center will allow Missouri American Water to support and invest in Jefferson City and the surrounding communities.

“A new service center in Jefferson City has been a longstanding need, and with planned upgrades to the water treatment facility on the site of our current service center, the time was right to make this investment,” Dewey said in a press release. “This new service center will allow Missouri American Water to optimize its local operations, continue its investment in Jefferson City and the surrounding communities, and provides the space for future improvements.”

The new service center will provide more than 7,000 square feet of office space and 4,800 square feet of high bay garage that will be home to a fabrication area, a welding shop and materials storage. The center is expected to open May 2020.