Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan
October 2012
Missouri American Water
901 Hog Hollow Road, Chesterfield, Missouri
N38.685535 W090.523020

This Cairn, assembled from assorted household glass objects resting on a kitchen stool with drinking-glass feet, is pictured on the Missouri American water intake, looking up the Missouri River toward the smokestack of the City of St. Louis’s Howard Bend Water Plant, reminding us that our drinking water comes from the same rivers that receive the storm water from our neighborhoods. These water treatment plants do an excellent job of giving us clean, healthy water. To make sure it stays that way, we hope that a pink lawn flamingo is the most toxic item that people put on their lawns, and that storm drains are not used as sewers to carry pollutants directly into the streams and rivers.