News Release 267

Missouri kicks off Drinking Water Week

Volume 38-267 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer
573-751-3807

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 3, 2010 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today kicked off Drinking Water Week, May 2 – 8, a nationwide celebration of our most precious resource. 

Drinking Water Week also recognizes Missouri's public drinking water systems for the work they do in providing Missourians with safe drinking water.  A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. Drinking Water Week is a time to pay tribute to what only tap water can deliver.

Public water systems in Missouri face increasingly complex challenges, and overall, public water systems in Missouri have an extraordinary compliance record.  Each water system is responsible for monitoring conditions at individual water plants and is required to employ trained operators certified by the Department of Natural Resources. Water systems in Missouri are required to regularly sample water for many different contaminants following federal and state limits. A state-approved laboratory must analyze these samples and report the results to the department. The majority of testing is done at the Department of Natural Resources' and the Department of Health and Senior Services' labs at no cost to the systems.

In celebration of Drinking Water Week, the department, in conjunction with the American Water Works Association, held a poster contest.

The winners were chosen from hundreds of entries submitted by fifth grade students across Missouri.  For more information, or to view the winning posters, visit dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/dw-index.htm, or call the Department of Natural Resources' Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-526-1825. 

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