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KC Water Receives AMWA Sustainability Award

Posted on October 15, 2020

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies Recognizes Achievement in Water Industry

(Kansas City, MO) – KC Water was among 13 public drinking water systems honored for exceptional operations and performance by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA).
AMWA management awards recognize the exceptional performance of public drinking water utilities where management vision and employee commitment create sustainable utilities producing ample supplies of clean, safe drinking water. The Sustainable Water Utility Management Award spotlights efforts of water utilities implementing long-term and innovative economic, environmental, and social endeavors, while the Platinum Award for Utility Excellence and Gold Award for Utility Performance honor outstanding achievement in implementing the industry standard Attributes of Effective Utility Management.
“What an honor to receive this award. I am proud of our KC Water team and their commitment to providing quality and sustainable water services. It is a privilege to be recognized along with other top water utility agencies across the country. Thank you AMWA,” said Terry Leeds, Director of KC Water.

KC Water is happy to share this honor with the 2020 Sustainable Water Utility Management Award with these other utilities:

  • Anaheim Public Utilities (California)
  • Charleston Water System (South Carolina)
  • Contra Costa Water District* (California)
  • El Paso Water* (Texas)
  • Greenville Water (South Carolina)
  • KC Water (Missouri)
  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection (New York)
  • Peace River Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority (Florida)
  • South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (Connecticut)
    (* indicates a second-time win)

“In an unprecedented year for this nation, these systems are at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to the multiple challenges a global pandemic, extreme weather events, and infrastructure gaps are creating,” said AMWA President Steve Schneider, General Manager of Saint Paul Regional Water Services. “By supplying their communities with clean, safe, and affordable drinking water, these water utilities are helping to safeguard the nation’s health.”

 Sustainable Water Utility Management Award Winner

KC Water implements sustainable management using green infrastructure solutions whenever possible as part of a 25-year, $5 billion program to mitigate adverse effects of its combined sewer system. The utility’s aggressive asset management program minimizes the cost and maximizes the benefit of infrastructure investments. KC Water relies on climate studies and other research to drive planning and execution of short-term operations and maintenance and long-term capital improvement programs, serving both immediate needs and generational impact. These initiatives have also saved treatment costs, delayed or avoided additional water and wastewater treatment expansion, and minimized risks to the water supply.


The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies is an organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water suppliers in the United States.

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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