Gov. Nixon proclaims May 3-9 Drinking Water Week

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Volume 37-102 For Immediate Release: April 28, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed May 3 through May 9 as Drinking Water Week in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources expresses its appreciation for the men and women who work to provide safe drinking water to residents and visitors of Missouri.

"Water is one of our most precious natural resources, yet so often it is taken for granted," said Department of Natural Resources Director Mark Templeton.  "Most of us turn on our faucets and expect a plentiful supply of clean, safe water." 

Drinking Water Week recognizes the employees of Missouri's public drinking water systems for the work they do in providing nearly six million Missourians with safe drinking water.  Missouri's public water supplies are overseen by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Public Drinking Water Branch.  The Department understands a safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression, creates jobs, and attracts industry and investment to the state.  

In celebration of the upcoming Drinking Water Week, the Department, in partnership with the American Water Works Association held a poster contest. The first place winner, Madeleine Tipton, a fifth grade student from Columbia, was on hand at the proclamation signing to present the Governor with a copy of the winning poster. Tipton is the daughter of Peter Tipton and Nilufer Joseph, both of Columbia.

Public water systems in Missouri have an extraordinary compliance record. Each water system is responsible for monitoring conditions at individual water plants and is required to employ trained operators certified by the Department of Natural Resources. Water systems in Missouri are required to regularly test drinking water for more than 100 different contaminants. A state-approved laboratory must analyze these samples and report the results to the Department. The majority of testing is done at the Department of Natural Resources' and the Department of Health and Senior Services' labs, at no cost to the systems.

For more information, visit, or call the Department of Natural Resources' public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-526-1825.