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Kansas City Levees Not Threatened by Floodwaters

Posted on March 20, 2019

(Kansas City, Mo.) – A combination of melting snow and rain runoff is causing significant flooding for some communities along the Missouri River, but thanks to an extensive levee system, Kansas City is not at risk. The Downtown Airport and the Northeast Industrial (East Bottoms) Levee Units and the Missouri side of the Central Industrial District (West Bottoms) Levee are in good condition to continue protecting businesses, homes, and jobs.

However, the flooding is causing water treatment challenges for KC Water. Due to the changing characteristics of the floodwaters coming down the Missouri River, the source of Kansas City’s drinking water, customers may notice taste and color issues during this time. KC Water will continue to make adjustments to the treatment process as needed to minimize the impact of the changes in the river.

KC Water performs continuous monitoring and extensive laboratory testing of the drinking water that is supplied throughout Kansas City to ensure that safe water is delivered to customers.

KC Water meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water safety requirements as well as the high water quality standards established by KC Water on behalf of customers. This includes testing and treating water to help control taste and odor, although not all taste and odor factors can always be controlled.

For more information, please contact Brooke Givens, Communications and Outreach Manager, at, or 816-513-0284.


KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.

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