When was the last time you considered the things that make your life style what it is? Of course, your financial situation decides the material things we enjoy and our spiritual life makes it’s own contribution. But what about the things we most often take for granted; like turn the faucet, clean drinking water immediately; flip a switch and lights; or push buttons on a hand-held device, text or talk. The St. Louis area is known, among other things, for its clean drinking water. One of the essentials of life, of course, is drinking water. Last month (first week of May) was National Drinking Water week. Part of the week’s celebration was the presentation of Watershed Stewardship awards by Missouri American Water Company. These awards were presented to the Rockwood Drug Free Coalition, the St. Louis County Police Department and the cities of Ballwin, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Ellisville, Wildwood and Eureka for their work in keeping prescription drugs away from children and out of our local watersheds.
Working in collaboration with one another, these organizations sponsored prescription drug take-back programs at several West St. Louis County locations this spring. Our location was at the Fru-Con building. West County residents brought more than 200,000 expired or unneeded medications for safe disposal. Missouri American Water supported the program by including a brochure in customer’s water bills that listed the prescription drug collection dates and sites. An example of why St. Louis Water remains among the very best.
The Watershed Stewardship awards were presented by EPA Region VII Administrator Kari Brooks; Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Mark Templeton; St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley and Missouri American Water President Frank Kartmann in honor of National Drinking Water Week.
The occasion brought a heightened awareness to the importance of protecting our precious source waters in the St. Louis County area. A prescription drug take back program as illustrated by the Rockwood Drug Free Coalition is a good example of an environmentally-responsible alternative to flushing unneeded prescription drugs down the toilet. I wanted you to know you are and can continue to make a difference in helping to preserve the quality of our watersheds and rivers for future generations. Watch for the next prescription drug take-back program and participate.
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