(Kansas City, MO.) – This Week, KC Water joined Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and other city leaders to update GO KC projects during Infrastructure Week. Infrastructure Week is a national event to raise awareness of our nation’s infrastructure needs at the federal, state and local levels.
“KC Water recognizes the importance of this week. Water, wastewater, and stormwater are significant components of our nation’s infrastructure. We must make sure our water infrastructure meets the needs of Kansas City to sustain Kansas City as a great place to live, work and play,” said Terry Leeds, KC Water Director.
At a news conference, city leaders focused on GO KC Projects, a capital improvements program for streets, sidewalks, flood control and other infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. Tom Kimes, KC Water Stormwater Engineering Manager, talked specifically about GO KC flood control projects.
“We have a number of flood control projects and we’ve been able to move forward very quickly. Soon after the voters passed the $150 million GO bonds, the federal government came up with additional contribution. We were able to move forward on a lot of flood improvement projects that had been on the books for many years,” said Tom Kimes.
Projects such as the Turkey Creek Flood Control Project which received a total of $151 million in federal funding for improvements and the Dodson Industrial Levee, which received a total of $49 million in funding. Construction has already begun on both of these projects. Two other GO KC projects underway are the Swope Park Industrial Area Levee and Indian Creek.
“The major flood control projects that we are working on protect thousands of jobs. They protect hundreds of millions of dollars of investments. For the people that work and have business in those areas and do business with the people in those areas, it will help to provide much more piece of mind,” said Kimes.
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.
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