JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri environmental officials say 39 drinking water systems have repeatedly failed to complete required testing.
The state Department of Natural Resources requires Missouri's roughly 2,800 public water systems to test for bacteria each month. Slightly more than 1 percent have regularly failed to conduct the tests over the past year.
The agency says the lack of testing doesn't necessarily mean the public is in danger, but the tests are important to ensure water supplies are safe.
Water districts that did not report test results are located in 18 counties: Barry, Benton, Camden, Dallas, Franklin, Greene, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Mississippi, Morgan, Newton, Ozark, Polk, St. Clair, Stone, Taney and Wright.