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KC Water joins others in recognizing United for Infrastructure Week 2021

Posted on May 13, 2021

(Kansas City, Mo.) – KC Water joins the national effort to raise awareness about the need for investment in the nation’s infrastructure. From May 10-14, 2021, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and other national and local business, labor and policy organizations will kick off a week-long education and advocacy event series, United for Infrastructure 2021. Hundreds of national and local groups will host events and raise awareness about the need to invest in transportation, water, wastewater infrastructure, communications and energy infrastructure, all around the theme “Lead With Infrastructure.”

To join in the celebration, KC Water is introducing a new video about the Smart Sewer program which aims to improve sewer infrastructure and reduce overflows.

“Water infrastructure is just as important as many other infrastructure needs. Communities all over the country are struggling with century-old water and sewer pipes and it showing. It is crucial that we continue to invest in our infrastructure to better serve our customers,” said KC Water Director Terry Leeds.

KC Water continues to rebuild our water infrastructure. Last year, we celebrated the 200th mile of our Water Main Replacement Program. We have over 2,800 miles of mains and our goal is to replace at least 1 % every year.  Since the Program began, water main breaks have decreased from 1,846 water main breaks in FY 2013 to 729 in FY 2020.

Now in its ninth year, United for Infrastructure brings diverse stakeholders together to seek infrastructure reform by calling the nation’s leaders to bold action. The message of United for Infrastructure is that leaders need to deliver on policies and investments that jumpstart the economy and keep American families and workers safe whether on the road, flying in a plane, or drinking water from the tap. The week-long event advocates for infrastructure policy and federal investment to support public health and safety and bring about resilient and equitable communities.

United for Infrastructure CEO Zach Schafer says: “The state of America’s roads, rails, pipes and ports is one of the nation’s most pressing issues, and our nation’s leaders must work together to invest in infrastructure that creates jobs that support families and allow communities to thrive. We’re proud of our broad and diverse coalition that is united in its mission to champion America’s infrastructure.”

More information about United for Infrastructure 2021 can be found here:

Follow @United4Infra for event updates and follow the conversation all week at #LeadWithInfrastructure

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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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