(Kansas City, Mo.) – What’s inside a brand new building along Barry Road will provide years of reliable water service to Kansas City’s Northland. On Friday, December 14th, KC Water, City leaders and neighbors cut the ribbon on the new Shoal Creek Pump Station.
“It will pump about 15 million gallons a day from our direct system into our booster pressure system,” explained KC Water Director Terry Leeds. “The booster means it’s a higher pressure north of Highway 152 that’ll serve the Northland as it grows.”
“This is a $5 million infrastructure investment to provide additional water to a very fast growing part of the city. If we can accommodate that basic infrastructure to support growth and jobs and residents that we’ve seen over the last couple of decades, we’re well positioned now and well into the future to make sure Kansas City keeps growing,” said Kansas City City Manager Troy Schulte.
For nearly 10 years, a small, temporary pump station was able to keep up with water demand. But as more and more people decided to call the Northland home, KC Water needed to expand.
“The Northland has had such explosive growth over the past two to three decades that we really need to make sure our infrastructure keeps up with that growth and in some respects get out ahead of it. Today is a great example of once again showing that we are here servicing our residents and those who may come in the future. It’s a great example of an investment in the future,” said Scott Wagner, Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman First District At-Large.
“When people move to Kansas City they expect certain things are just going to happen and water is one of those things. We want to make sure the constituents have the water power they need to do normal daily function of living in a home or apartment,” said Heather Hall, Councilwoman First District.
All of this work is to ensure KC Water will continue to provide safe, reliable, and great tasting drinking water to today’s customers and future generations.
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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.