(Kansas City, Mo.) – KC Water today kicked off this year’s Drinking Water Week with an invitation to “Protect the Source” throughout Kansas City. The clean safe drinking water that homes, schools, and businesses rely on comes from the Missouri River. Every day, KC Water turns millions of gallons of river water into drinking water.
KC Water, the American Water Works Association and the water community across North America will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source.
To commemorate the week, KC Water will release the annual water quality report and will be in the community sharing reusable water bottles. The Kansas City Library will feature a water-themed display of books and educational materials. And, City Council will issue a resolution declaring this week Drinking Water Week.
“Quality drinking water is essential to the health and well-being of Kansas City and the region,” said KC Water Director Terry Leeds. “The work our employees do each day ensures that the water delivered to our customers is of the best possible quality. We’re committed to providing the best drinking water in the nation, now, and for generations to come.”
KC Water maintains more than 2,800 miles of pipeline that deliver safe and reliable drinking water to more than 170,000 residential and commercial customers, and 32 wholesale customers in the greater Kansas City area. To ensure product quality and protect public health, KC water regularly checks for more than 290 constituents, far more than required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
About Drinking Water Week
For more than 40 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.
For more information, please contact Brooke Givens, Media Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.