News Release 022

Stone County developer referred to attorney general for drinking water violations

Volume 39-022 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 9, 2011 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred a Stone County developer to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for violations of the Missouri Safe Drinking Water Law.

The department referred Aaron Dalton and Lake Front Property Inc. to the attorney general alleging that Dalton, developer of Crystal Beach Subdivision, located at Table Rock Lake near Shell Knob, failed to construct the subdivision's public water supply distribution system in accordance with engineering plans and specifications approved by the department.

When building the public drinking water system for the subdivision, Dalton failed to put in the proper bedding material or thrust block the piping. Bedding is the material installed in the bottom of the trench on which the pipe is laid. Thrust blocking is additional reinforcement around the joints of piping that prevents pipe movement. Failing to use proper bedding or thrust block the pipes can result in leakage, loss of pressure or water contamination from backflow. Dalton also developed more lots than the drinking water system was designed to handle.

Crystal Beach Subdivision serves more than 40 residences.

The main goal of the department in any enforcement action is to work with a water system to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used to ensure future compliance by removing the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with public water systems to fix problems before an issue is referred to the attorney general. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to bring the system into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case.

For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program at 573-751-5331 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.