(Kansas City, Mo.) – Today the City Council of the City of Kansas City, Missouri declared May 6-12, 2018, as Drinking Water Week in Kansas City.
“Mr. Mayor and Members of the City Council, on behalf of KC Water’s 870-plus employees, thank you for taking the time to recognize not only Kansas City’s great-tasting and high-quality tap water, but also the men and women of KC Water who work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to deliver clean drinking water right to the taps of almost a half million Kansas City residents,” said KC Water Director Terry Leeds.
Director Leeds was joined at City Hall by staff from the Water Treatment Plant, Water Pipeline Division, and the Water Laboratory when the following resolution was adopted:
Declaring May 6-12, 2018, as Drinking Water Week in Kansas City.
WHEREAS, water is our most valuable natural resource and a basic and essential requirement for life; and
WHEREAS, access to safe drinking water is related to any measure of a successful community – low mortality rates, economic growth and diversity, productivity, or public safety; and
WHEREAS, Kansas Citians are privileged that the Missouri River – one of the most bountiful sources of fresh water in the world – is its primary source of water; and
WHEREAS, all residents are called to help protect the Missouri River and its tributaries from pollution; and
WHEREAS, tap water delivers public health protection, fire protection, support for the local economy, and high quality of life; and
WHEREAS, more than 880 associates of KC Water serve as stewards of Missouri River waters by treating and transporting it to more than 460,000 Kansas City residents and 32 wholesale customers in the greater Kansas City area; and
WHEREAS, KC Water conducts more than 164,000 tests on more than 19,000 water samples annually to protect public health, ensure quality, and protect the source of its water; and
WHEREAS, every Kansas Citian is called to be aware of challenges to local drinking water sources on behalf of each other, residents across the region, and future generations;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:
That the Mayor and Council hereby declare May 6-12, 2018, as Drinking Water Week in Kansas City; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof; and that a copy hereof be presented to KC Water with the recognition of the Mayor, Council and citizens of Kansas City for the dedication and service of the KC Water associates.
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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.