News Release 461

Washington State Park failed to sample drinking water

Volume 37-461 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., DEC. 3, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has announced that required drinking water samples were not taken for the month of September at Washington State Park near De Soto.

The park is required to monitor its drinking water for specific contaminants on a regular basis. Results of regular monitoring are an indicator of whether or not the drinking water meets health standards. During September, park staff did not test for total coliform bacteria so the quality of the drinking water during that time could not be determined. Drinking water samples were submitted in both August and October and those results revealed satisfactory conditions.

The department has taken steps to develop an operating procedure that will prevent the oversight from occurring again and ensure compliance with required monitoring in the future. All appropriate notices because of the failure have been posted.

Washington State Park is located at 13041 State Highway 104 in De Soto. For more information, contact the park at 636-586-2995 or the department at 800-334-6946.