New water-quality regulations impact Missouri towns

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Photo courtesy of Cayusa/Flickr

New water-quality regulations in Missouri, which require more steps in the cleaning and disinfecting processes and lower the amount of chemicals that can be released into bodies of water, are impacting a number of towns that are having trouble coming up with the money to upgrade facilities.

The regulations that took effect this year were approved by the Missouri Clean Water Commission in an effort to protect rivers, streams, lakes and wildlife.

In Southwest Missouri, Cape Girardeau and Chaffee are building new drinking water and wastewater facilities to comply with the regulations, which were approved in 2010.

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