Governor Mike Parson proclaims May 5-11 as Drinking Water Week in Missouri

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Jefferson City, Missouri – Governor Mike Parson has officially declared May 5-11 as Drinking Water Week in Missouri, emphasizing the importance of safe drinking water for all residents and visitors in the state. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources expressed gratitude for the water professionals who dedicate their time and effort to ensuring high-quality drinking water.

The Importance of Safe Drinking Water

Drinking Water Week recognizes the crucial role Missouri’s public drinking water systems play in delivering safe and reliable water to communities. This resource is vital for creating jobs, attracting businesses, and supporting the health and welfare of citizens, whether through disease prevention or fire suppression. The state’s Public Drinking Water Branch oversees Missouri’s public water supplies and ensures that rigorous standards are met.

Poster Contest Highlights

To celebrate Drinking Water Week, the Department of Natural Resources and the American Water Works Association organized a poster contest for fifth graders. The theme for 2024 was “There when you need it!” More than 1,400 creative entries were submitted, and the top three winners were:

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  • First Place: Dora Yu, Ladue Fifth Grade Center
  • Second Place: Finn Ziolkowski, Ladue Fifth Grade Center
  • Third Place: Tania Bashkirova, Scotland County R-1 Elementary

Public Water System Compliance

Missouri’s public water systems face various challenges but maintain an extraordinary compliance record. Each system is responsible for monitoring its own water plants and is required to employ certified operators. In addition, they must regularly test their water supplies for contaminants, following both federal and state standards. The Department of Natural Resources’ and the Department of Health and Senior Services’ laboratories analyze these samples at no cost to the systems, helping to save consumers money.

To learn more about Drinking Water Week or to see the winning posters, visit the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website at dnr.mo.gov or call the Public Drinking Water Branch at 573-751-2674.

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