News Release 222

Drinking water systems fail to complete testing necessary to maintain safe water supply

Volume 39-222 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 28, 2011 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has identified 21 drinking water systems in Missouri that have chronically failed to complete drinking water testing required by the department to ensure a safe water supply.

The department classifies a drinking water system as a chronic violator when a system has three major monitoring violations in a 12-month period. Routine testing by a drinking water system is crucial to maintaining a safe water supply.

The department requires all public water systems to test for bacteria at least once a month to verify these systems are providing safe drinking water to the public. The vast majority of community and non-community public water systems in Missouri comply with all monitoring requirements and meet all drinking water standards. This current list of 21 systems represents less than one percent of the approximately 2,800 public drinking water systems in Missouri.

Bacteriological testing can be the first step in identifying and correcting a problem. The next step is to investigate the cause of any bad samples and perform corrective action, such as disinfecting and flushing the system. When a public water system has a record of both failing to monitor and a history of exceeding contaminant levels, this may raise concerns about the quality of the drinking water.

To view more details on the violators listed, visit the department's website at .

County -- Public Drinking Water System

* Benton -- Colony Baptist Church, Hidden Valley Mobile Home Park, Sun Valley

Subdivision, TT Campground.

* Camden -- Kelly’s Landing, Pit Stop Café.

* Dallas -- Fraternal Order of Eagles 4010.

* Jasper – Flyin’ W Convenience Store.

* Laclede -- Gasconade C-4 Elementary School.

* Lawrence -- Hungry House Café.

* Maries -- Moreland’s Catfish Patch and Steak House.

* Miller -- Construction Site Bar and Grill, Old Town Osage, Sunset Mobile Home Park.

* Newton -- Believers Faith Fellowship.

* Ozark -- Rusty Rail Pub.

* Pettis -- Budget Host Super 7 Motel.

* Taney -- East Fork Subdivision, GDM Investment Project, Hitch N Post General Store, Taney County Memorial Post 5168.

These systems' owners have been sent multiple violation notices in addition to certified letters informing them that chronic failure to monitor is unacceptable. Representatives of the Department of Natural Resources also routinely make onsite inspections and attempt to reach an agreement with the responsible parties to ensure sampling requirements will be met. If these parties continue to fail to comply with Missouri's drinking water law, the department pursues more stringent enforcement action through legal channels.

For more information, contact the Department's Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827.