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Redings Mill water system no longer in compliance with DNR regulations

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With the resignation today of the water operator in Redings Mill, MO, city officials say their water system is no longer compliant with regulations issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and is at risk of being shut down.

Officials are having a public meeting tonight to inform residents and discuss options.

David Edwards is currently on the Village of Redings Mill water system, and he's hoping to keep it that way.

"We're very blessed in having the water system that we have, and it's good, good water," Edwards said.

The water system was placed on probation by DNR in July of 2014.

Village officials have been working hard towards compliance since then, in hopes of the probation being lifted in July of this year.

However, now that there is no water operator in the picture, the system is not up to standards.

"The bottom line is, without that operator with a license, we're going to have problems with DNR," said Ronald Pizinger, Redings Mill board member.

Officials fear failure to comply by the end of the current probation period could result in losing the entire system.

"If the well goes down, you're going to have to buy your own drinking water," Pizinger said. "You won't have any water in your house. You won't be able to take showers."

City officials say because there is not a clear time table with DNR at this time, they're advising residents to look into alternative water plans as a back up.

"Everybody needs a back up plan, but right now, I don't really want to spend that type of money to put a well in," Pizinger said.

"A well would be my last resort," Edwards said. "That's expensive."

Officials say moving to a different water system is also problematic due to difficulty in finding a company willing to service the area, which is why they say their best option is to strategize on how to find and afford a new water operator.

"We, as a village, need to come together and figure out what we need to do to make this water works work, or we're going to lose it," Pizinger said.

All Redings Mill residents are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at the Redings Mill Fire Department, tonight at 7:00.
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