The Missouri Department of Natural Resources invites Missourians to celebrate Clean Water Week by taking a moment to reflect on the importance of a plentiful, clean supply of quality tap water.
Whether you use it to cool off after a workout or warm up in a hot bath, your tap water is there when you need it. Without it, there would be no morning coffee, no clean clothes, and nothing to clean up those garden-fresh fruits and vegetables.
Clean Water Week, May 1-7, recognizes the essential role clean water plays in our daily lives, with the theme ‘There When You Need It’. Most of us turn on our taps and expect plenty of clean, safe water to come out. Water, one of our most precious natural resources, is too often taken for granted.
To celebrate Clean Water Week, the department, in conjunction with the American Water Works Association, held a poster contest for all fifth-grade students in Missouri. First place went to Aswin Sureshkumar of Creve Coeur. Second place went to Emery Skidmore of Warrensburg, while Robert Edmonds of Piedmont received third place.
Missouri’s public water systems face increasingly complex challenges and, overall, have an extraordinary compliance record. Each water system is responsible for monitoring conditions at individual water plants and is required to employ trained certified operators. Missouri water systems are required to regularly sample water for many different contaminants in accordance with federal and state limits. A state-approved laboratory must analyze these samples and the results must be reported to the department. The majority of testing is done at Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health and Senior Services labs at no cost to the systems, saving consumers money. For more information, visit https://dnr.mo.gov/water/get-involved/drinking-water-week, or call the Department of Natural Resources Public Drinking Water Branch at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-5331.