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KC Water Customers Might Notice Slightly Discolored Water

Posted on December 30, 2016

(Kansas City, Mo.) – Overnight, during the water treatment process at KC Water’s Water Treatment Plant, an excess of sodium permanganate was added to the raw water treatment system causing the water to have a pink color.

As a result, customers may notice a pinkish hue to their tap water, which will dissipate over the next 3-5 days as it works its way through the distribution system. Sodium permanganate is a standard chemical used in the treatment process to address organics in the raw river water.

Kansas City’s drinking water continues to meet all primary drinking water standards and remains safe to drink.

For more information, please contact Brooke Givens, Media Relations Coordinator, 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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