Elk River Basin - Public Drinking Water
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Elk River

Where does our drinking water come from? Most of the water we drink comes from wells that access groundwater or from surface water (rivers or reservoirs).

Who provides our drinking water? Public utility companies provide water in larger metropolitan areas.   However, in smaller communities, private companies sell water to homes and businesses.

How do we know our water is clean? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulations that set limits on the amount of pollutants that can be in drinking water. These regulations can be found at the following link: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/sdwa/30th/factsheets/understand.html  The EPA also provides a listing of private drinking water providers on their website (http:\\www.epa.gov), which shows if and when these providers have violated the regulations. Here is a listing, by county, of the water systems that are currently in use within the Elk River Basin:

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Missouri Department
of Natural Resources

Missouri Watershed Information Network (MoWIN)
Send comments to: mowin1@missouri.edu
205 Agricultural Engineering
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-0085
Toll Free: (MO only): 1-877-H20-shed (426-7433)
Fax: (573) 884-5650

Page last updated August 26, 2008