(Kansas City, Mo.) – KC Water crews and its contractors must continue the work of important water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Maintaining and repairing infrastructure may require crews, at times, to shut off water for limited periods of time. Advance notice will be provided as much as possible.
While we understand the challenges of staying home during the Stay At Home order, continuing the infrastructure work is critical to ensure you receive essential services.
“We understand these projects are happening at the worst time for some of you, but doing this work now will prevent future water main breaks that could leave homes without water for a much longer period of time. Crews will work quickly to limit the inconvenience,” said KC Water Director, Terry Leeds.
The U.S. Department of Security designated water, wastewater, and public works employees as Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Employees needed to operate and maintain drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure during the coronavirus pandemic include:
- Operational staff for water systems
- Operational staff at wastewater treatment facilities
- Workers repairing water and wastewater conveyances and performing required sampling or monitoring
- Operational staff for water distribution and testing
- Operational staff at wastewater collection facilities
- Operational staff and technical support for control systems
- Chemical disinfectant suppliers for wastewater and personnel protection
- Workers that maintain digital systems infrastructure supporting water and wastewater operations
“Our highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of our employees and our customers. We will continue the work that is needed and make changes to safeguard everyone’s health and well-being,” said Leeds.
For more information contact Heather Frierson, KC Water Media Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org 816-513-0280, cell 816-674-0211.
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.