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KC Water Celebrated Ten Years of the Smart Sewer Program and the official Opening of the West Bottoms Green Infrastructure Project

Posted on November 6, 2020

(Kansas City, MO) – KC Water celebrated the ribbon cutting for the completion of the Central Industrial District (CID)/West Bottoms Green Infrastructure project and also celebrated the ten year anniversary of KC Water’s Smart Sewer Program.

The CID/ West Bottoms Green Infrastructure Project is a beautiful addition to the West Bottoms area.

“This is all a part of our Smart Sewer program that the city and KC Water committed to ten years ago when we sat out to reduce the amount of stormwater getting into the combined sewer therefore reducing combined sewer overflows. I would like to thank all those who helped make this possible, including HTNB, Kissick Construction and Burns and McDonnell,” said Terry Leeds, KC Water Director.

Some of the changes to the area near 14th and Liberty Street include a new drainage system to control stormwater after heavy rains, a boardwalk with native plants and trees, and a permeable paved multi-event space.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas joined the celebration as well as members of the 4th District, Councilwoman Katheryn Shields and Councilman Eric Bunch and the Historical West Bottoms Association.

“We knew this was a project that wasn’t just about keeping up our promises to the EPA, to people of KC, it was also about building  and developing business opportunities and developing dream spaces and rebuilding so much of our community,” said Mayor Lucas.

After the celebration, people walked along the boardwalk and learned more about other smart sewer and green infrastructure projects around the city.

Kansas City has over 2800 miles of sewer pipes running underneath this city. To see what we’ve done and to track what still to come, please go to

For more information, please contact Heather Frierson, Media Relations Coordinator, at, 816-513-0280.


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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