News Release 141

Several community water systems receive $166,556 to protect drinking water sources

Volume 39-141 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 4, 2011—The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today that 16 community water systems will receive a total of $166,556 for projects to protect drinking water sources.

The department’s source water protection program provides grants to community water systems for projects that protect drinking water sources.

"Source water protection is perhaps the easiest and smartest way to enhance the quality of a community’s water supply," said Department of Natural Resources Director Sara Parker Pauley. "By taking common sense measures to keep unwanted contaminants out of drinking water sources, water treatment costs are reduced, which translates into lower costs for consumers."

Water systems use these funds to implement protective measures around their source water areas to guard against known or potential contamination. Projects may include well plugging demonstrations, security measures or education information to promote awareness of source water protection issues.

These grants are funded through set-asides from the Missouri Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The following 16 public water supplies have been awarded grants for source water protection projects.

County - Recipient

Audrain - Missouri American Water - Mexico District--$1,520.
Buchanan - Missouri American Water - St. Joseph District--$10,000.
Carroll - City of Carrollton--$8,206.
Christian - City of Sparta--$2,880.
Douglas- City of Ava--$12,000.
Gasconade - City of Owensville--$30,500.
Jackson - City of Independence--$5,500.
Johnson - Missouri American Water - Warrensburg District--$1,520.
Maries - Town of Martin--$1,200.
Moniteau - City of Tipton--$12,500.
Ozark - City of Highlandville--$19,669.
Polk - City of Fair Play--$3,228.
Pulaski - Shalom Mountain--$31,560.
St. Charles - Missouri American Water - St. Louis Co./St. Charles Co.--$10,500.
Stone - Mountain Estates Homeowners Association Inc.--$3,472.
Taney - City of Branson--$12,000.

For more information, contact the department’s Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5331.