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August is National Water Quality Month

August, 5, 2019 – Hannibal, Missouri – August is National Water Quality month, making it the perfect time to learn more about your drinking water and protecting its source!

Local drinking water quality is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), who set limits on components found in treated water. As a utility, we are required to monitor them for the safety of our water and community.  Every year, a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is published and made available for review by July 1.  Hannibal’s 2018 CCR can be viewed by clicking 2018 CCR.  A CCR is a great way to learn about your local drinking water quality.

Another important part of drinking water quality is to keep the source free from pollution.  Most people don’t realize that polluted stormwater runoff is currently the biggest contributor to water pollution.  Here are a few helpful tips from the EPA on how you can protect your drinking water sources:

  1.  Use and dispose of household products and harmful materials properly;  never dump waste on the ground.
  2. Don’t overuse pesticides or fertilizers.  Many fertilizers and pesticides contain hazardous chemicals.  If you feel you must use these chemicals, please remember to use them in moderation.
  3. Volunteer in your community by joining or sponsoring a stream cleanup event.

The EPA provides more guidance about source water protection on their website at Source Water Protection.

Locally, the HBPW offers a variety of ways citizens can learn about water treatment, wastewater management, and pollution prevention; including tours of the water and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as watershed management presentations.  Interested individuals and organization are encouraged to contact the HBPW to learn more.

For a valuable online resource, visit the Hannibal Board of Public Works website for additional utility information.