News Release 283

Mississippi County mobile home park referred to attorney general for enforcement action in drinking water case

Volume 38-283 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 10, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred the case of a Mississippi County 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 Merryweather Mobile Home Park, alleging it failed to ensure drinking water provided at its facility was safe.

Merryweather Mobile Home Park is located near Charleston in Mississippi County and is currently owned by Matrix Development Company LLC.   The department alleges over the last two years the park failed to perform monthly contaminant monitoring for six months, failed to pay the required fees, failed to hire a certified drinking water operator, and failed to properly plug abandoned wells, which pose a threat to groundwater.  

The Safe Drinking Water Law and regulations exist 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 monitor the quality of the drinking water monthly and report this data to the state, employ a certified operator to ensure the system is properly operated and maintained, and reduce the potential for well contamination by properly closing abandoned wells.  These measures provide a hierarchy of protection that helps ensure the water is safe for public consumption.

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.