News Release 338

Department releases list of public water systems that fail to monitor

Volume 39-338 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., OCT. 4, 2011 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has identified 26 public drinking water systems in Missouri that have chronically failed to complete drinking water testing required by the state drinking water law to ensure a safe water supply.

The department classifies a drinking water system as a chronic violator when a system has three major monitoring violations in a 12-month period. Routine testing by a drinking water system is a crucial part of maintaining a safe water supply.

The department requires all public water systems to test for bacteria at least once a month to verify these systems are providing safe drinking water to the public. The vast majority of community and non-community public water systems in Missouri comply with all monitoring requirements and meet all drinking water standards. This current list of 26 systems represents less than one percent of the approximately 2,800 public drinking water systems in Missouri.

Bacteriological testing can be the first step in identifying and correcting a problem. The next step is to investigate the cause of any bad samples and perform corrective action, such as disinfecting and flushing the system. When a public water system has a record of both failing to monitor and a history of exceeding contaminant levels, this may raise concerns about the unknown quality of the drinking water.

To view more details on the violators listed, visit the department's website at < a href="http://dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/chronic/index.html">dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/chronic/index.html.

County -- Public Drinking Water System

• Barry -- Camp Barnabas.
• Benton -- Hidden Valley Mobile Home Park, Last Chance Restaurant and Lounge, Sun Valley Subdivision, TT Campground.
• Camden -- Kelly’s Landing, Quarter Barrel Bar and Grill.
• Dallas -- Fraternal Order of Eagles 4010, Ho Humm Campground.
• Jasper -- Coachlight RV Park.
• Laclede -- Mountain Creek Campground.
• Maries -- Moreland’s Catfish Patch and Steak House.
• Miller -- Construction Site Bar and Grill.
• Morgan -- Creekside RV Park, Gravois Cree Mee, Indian Rock Golf Club and Estates.
• Newton -- Believers Faith Fellowship.
• Perry -- Bill’s Place.
• St. Clair -- Kappaws Kids.
• Stone -- Cedar Haven Resort, Sportsman’s One Stop.
• Taney -- East Fork Subdivision, GDM Investment Project, Taney County Memorial Post 5168.
• Washington -- Fourche Valley Golf Club.
• Wright -- Manes Café.

These systems' owners have been sent multiple violation notices in addition to certified letters informing them that chronic failure to monitor is unacceptable. Representatives of the Department of Natural Resources also routinely make onsite inspections and attempt to reach an agreement with the responsible parties to ensure sampling requirements will be met. If these parties continue to fail to comply with Missouri's drinking water law, the department pursues more stringent enforcement action through legal channels.

For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program at
800-361-4827.

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