News Release 094

Department of Natural Resources refers Benton County campground to attorney general for enforcement action in drinking water case

Volume 38-094 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH 4, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred the case of a Benton County campground, RV and mobile home park to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action for violations of safe drinking water regulations.

The department referred the case against TT Campground RV and Mobile Home Park alleging the company failed to ensure drinking water provided at its facility was safe.

TT Campground, RV and Mobile Home Park is located near Truman Reservoir in Benton County. The facility uses domestic wells, which are insufficient for use by a public water supply. Domestic wells are typically low yield wells constructed with less protection from contamination than public wells. Public wells are engineered to a higher standard and have deeper casings constructed to serve more users.

The department also alleges the park failed to monitor for contaminants each month from February to December 2009, failed to pay the required fees, failed to obtain a permit to dispense water to the public, failed to maintain public water supply records and failed to implement changes required by the department after it determined the public water supply had failed to meet standards of the Safe Drinking Water Law and regulations.

The Safe Drinking Water Law and regulations exists to protect public health and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.

The department's enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment by requiring facilities to maintain compliance. The main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used ensure future compliance by removing the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to bring the facility 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.