Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 577
Public Safety Offenses
Section 577.150

August 28, 2014


Beginning January 1, 2017--Tampering with a water supply--penalty.

577.150. 1. A person commits the offense of tampering with a water supply if he or she purposely:

(1) Poisons, defiles or in any way corrupts the water of a well, spring, brook or reservoir used for domestic or municipal purposes; or

(2) Diverts, dams up and holds back from its natural course and flow any spring, brook or other water supply for domestic or municipal purposes, after said water supply shall have once been taken for use by any person or persons, corporation, town or city for their use.

2. The offense of tampering with a water supply is a class A misdemeanor.

(RSMo 1939 § 4730, A.L. 2014 S.B. 491)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 4340; 1919 § 3588; 1909 § 4796

Effective 1-01-17

Until December 31, 2016--Corrupting or diverting water supply--penalty.

577.150. Whoever willfully or maliciously poisons, defiles or in any way corrupts the water of a well, spring, brook or reservoir used for domestic or municipal purposes, or whoever willfully or maliciously diverts, dams up and holds back from its natural course and flow any spring, brook or other water supply for domestic or municipal purposes, after said water supply shall have once been taken for use by any person or persons, corporation, town or city for their use, shall be adjudged guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished by a fine not less than fifty nor more than five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and shall be liable to the party injured for three times the actual damage sustained, to be recovered by suit at law.

(RSMo 1939 § 4730)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 4340; 1919 § 3588; 1909 § 4796

*This section was amended by S.B. 491, 2014, effective 1-01-17. Due to the delayed effective date, both versions of this section are printed here.


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