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According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the largest source of the state’s drinking water 43%, is surface water from the Missouri River. Less than 15 of the state’s drinking water originates in the Mississippi River. Groundwater supplies another 39% through the use of wells, while 17% of the stae gets its drinking water from other surface area sources, such as in Scotland County where Lake Rathbun in Iowa and Lake Show-Me near Memphis are the two main water sources.
The DNR requires each year by July 1, that community water supplies make Consumer Confidence Reports available to their customers. These reports enable Missourians to make knowledgeable decisions about their health and their environment and provide consumers with the following information:
The lake, river, aquifer, or other source of the drinking water.
A brief summary of the susceptibility to contamination of the local drinking water source, based on the source water assessments.
How to get a copy of the water system’s complete source water assessment;
The level, or range of levels, of any contaminant found in local drinking water, as well as the federal health-based standard (maximum contaminant level) for comparison.
The likely source of any contaminant in the local drinking water supply.
Potential health effects of any contaminant detected in violation of health standards, and an accounting of the system’s actions to restore safe drinking water.
The water system’s compliance with other drinking water-related rules.
Educational information on nitrate, arsenic, or lead in areas where these contaminants are detected above 50 percent of federal standards.
Phone numbers for additional sources of information.
Consumer Confidence Reports are updated annually by April 1.
The 2019 Annual Water Quality Report for the Scotland County Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1 reported zero violations and health effects for the year for both he local distribution system as well as the water provider, Rathbun Regional Water Association. The report for the City of Memphis for Lake Show-Me also reported no violations or health effects for 2019.