Source Water Protection Program

The Missouri Source Water Protection Program is designed to ensure your drinking water is safe, not just at the tap, but at its source. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is initiating the program as part of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

The water that surrounds us - lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers - makes up our drinking water sources. These source waters can be threatened by potential contaminants such as hazardous chemicals, stormwater runoff, waste disposal sites and underground storage tanks.  It is a priority to protect these sources and ensure safe drinking water for all Missouri citizens. The Source Water Protection Program was created to protect these vital resources.

Missouri's Source Water Protection Program is a voluntary program supporting local efforts to protect drinking water sources. The program offers public water systems an opportunity to learn about a broad range of approaches to protect their water supply and points water suppliers to funding and other resources available to support such local efforts.

What can I do to protect my source water?

Here are some simple steps you can take to help protect our drinking water sources.

  • Dispose of household and other chemicals properly. Don't pour chemicals on the ground or down the sink drain, toilet or storm drain.
  • Take used motor oil to the recycling center.
  • Use only recommended amounts of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Have your unused wells properly closed.
  • Pump and inspect your septic tank regularly.
  • Plant vegetation on bare spots of soil, particularly on slopes. This will prevent erosion and excessive runoff of sediments into nearby water bodies.
  • Become involved in drinking water protection activities in your community.

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