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December 9, 2011
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5 Area water systems fail to monitor in 3rd quarter.
By Tyler Francke[justify]Five public drinking water systems in Taney and Stone counties have been reported by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as “chronically” failing to complete testing required by law.
They are among 23 systems across the state named by DNR for failing in the third quarter, which ended in September.
DNR requires public water systems to test for bacteria once a month to verify they are providing safe drinking water.
While failing to conduct bacteriological tests does not necessarily mean the system’s water is unsafe, the tests can be the first step in identifying a potential problem, according to the department.
The East Fork Subdivision off Hampton Road in northwestern Taney County has been cited for a major monitoring violation every month from May 2010 through September 2011 — with the exception of January this year.
The subdivision’s water system serves approximately 30 people, according to DNR records.
The GDM Investment Project, located off Missouri 165 southwest of Hollister, registered a total of 13 violations in that same period. However, a sample taken in October tested negative for harmful bacteria, according to DNR records.
The project’s system serves a population of approximately 25, according to DNR records.
The final location in Taney County is Savannah Place, located on Richmond Heights Boulevard east of Branson, which serves approximately 25 people.
Records show this system was cited for failure to monitor in April, May and September. The most recent test at that system, which was in August, was negative for harmful bacteria.
Two public water systems registered major monitoring violations this quarter in Stone County.
A sample taken at Cedar Haven Resort, located on H Highway in Lampe, tested negative for harmful bacteria in August. However, according to DNR records, that system exceeded maximum contaminant levels for bacteria in July of 1996 and October of 1997, which is a more serious violation than failing to monitor.
Cedar Haven, which serves approximately 40 people, was cited for failing to monitor in August 2010, September 2010, and June, July and September of this year.
Sportsman’s One Stop & Deli, located on Missouri 13 north of Kimberling City, was cited for a major monitoring violation in February, July and September.
A sample taken in October at that system, which serves approximately 25 people, tested negative for harmful bacteria. However, that system exceeded maximum contaminant levels in June of 1998 and August of 2006.
“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 unknown quality of the drinking water,” the press release said.
The release went on to say that the owners of the five systems were sent multiple notices of violation prior to the release of the list.
If the parties continue to refuse to comply with Missouri’s drinking water laws, the department will pursue “more stringent enforcement action through legal channels,” the release said.
For more information, call the department’s Water Protection Program toll-free at 800-361-4827.
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