January 11, 2011
Attorney General Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against a Farmington man for violating Missouri’s Safe Drinking Water Law.
Koster said Robert A. Montgomery, who owns Walnut Grove Mobile Home Park in Farmington, also owns and operates the water system that supplies water to residents of the mobile home park. Investigations by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources found that Montgomery violated state drinking water regulations at the mobile home park by failing to obtain a permit to dispense drinking water; allowing the system to exceed the maximum contaminant levels for total coliform bacteria and radionuclides, specifically radium-226 and radium-228; and failing to monitor for microbiological contaminants.
Koster is asking the court to issue an injunction requiring the defendant to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Law; to assess a civil penalty on each count of $50 per day for the first violation and $100 per day for each additional violation; and to require the defendant to pay all costs associated with the case.
“Businesses that serve the public must understand that they have not only a moral obligation, but also a legal obligation, to make sure the drinking water they provide to consumers is safe,” Koster said. “There is simply no excuse to violate these laws, and this office will continue to see they are vigorously enforced.”