Department urges consumers to learn about their drinking water

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Volume 37-199 For Immediate Release: July 23, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, —The Missouri Department of Natural Resources urges public water supply customers to read their water system's annual drinking water quality report.  The reports, called Consumer Confidence Reports, are required to be distributed to consumers by their public water supply no later than July 1. 

The reports provide customers practical information about the quality of their drinking water and its impact on their health. They describe the water sources used by the systems, identify any contaminants found during routine drinking water testing performed in 2008 and provide general information on drinking water and health.

All 1,485 community water systems in Missouri undergo regular water testing, which is performed by the state.  These systems include cities, water districts, subdivisions, mobile home parks and other water systems serving at least 25 residents year-round. Large water systems serving more than 10,000 people must deliver each customer a copy of the report directly.  Smaller systems may deliver a copy of the report by mail, publish it in the local newspaper, or post it at the water system's office, public buildings or the local library.

Any citizen served by a community water system who has not received a Consumer Confidence Report should call their water provider and request a copy.