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Statement Regarding Loss of Valued Water Services Employee

Posted on July 24, 2013

(Kansas City, Mo.) – Kansas City Water Services regretfully announces the loss of a valued Water Services employee, Donald Fenton, who was fatally injured while working on a sewer line repair near 9701 Marion Parkway on July 22. Mr. Fenton, a Wastewater Maintenance Division Utility Repair Supervisor, was working as part of a five man crew when the fatal accident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. Initial reports indicate that a plug inside the upstream pipe gave way, releasing water into the manhole where Mr. Fenton was working. Water Services is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. An incident report is anticipated to be completed in the coming weeks.

“Each of our more than 800 employees is dedicated to providing the highest quality water, wastewater, and stormwater services for our customers,” said Terry Leeds, Water Services Director. “The work they do each day is difficult and sometimes dangerous. It is with sincere appreciation and respect that we mourn the loss of this dedicated associate.”

Each day, Water Services employees work diligently to ensure the accessibility and quality of our water, wastewater and stormwater systems for more than 460,000 Kansas City residents and 33 wholesale customers. The systems that are maintained by our dedicated staff are essential to safeguarding public health and well-being for Kansas City and the surrounding region.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Kincaid, 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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