Chris Hayes from Fox2 News in St Louis, Missouri recently interviewed me for a story he did about a water tank in Leadwood, Missouri. The tank had been inspected once about 17 years ago and as far as anyone knew, had never been cleaned. Chris was contacted by some residents of the community who had brown water coming out of their taps.
I was happy to contribute both video and comments to this story. Water storage tanks should be inspected yearly for public safety, even if the state they are in has no regulations at all. Mr. Hayes did a great job. He found the larger systems around St. Louis had all been recently inspected. Many smaller systems seem to fall back on regulations to decide what is really important.
Although the state of Missouri has no written regulation or rules on when tanks should be inspected they do say this about the inspection and cleaning of water storage tanks: “...clearly necessary to protect public health.”
You would not drink out of a dirty glass, why do these people have to drink water from a dirty tank? See the video on our Company Facebook Page:
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Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Water Protection Program – Public Drinking Water Branch
USEPA – Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water
Health Risks From Microbial Growth and Biofilms in Drinking Water Distribution Systems. Page: 26 section G, Page 34 section I,
Distribution System Issue Paper. Finished Water Storage Facilities. August 15, 2002. Page 2, 11, and 12.
Total Coliform Rule Issue Paper. Inorganic Contaminant Accumulation in Potable Water Distribution Systems.