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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2010

KCMO WSD celebrates

Drinking Water Week May 2-8, 2010

Tap water lauded as lean, clean, green

On Thursday, May 6th, the City Council will recognize the Kansas City, Missouri Water Services’ (WSD) dedication to providing clean, safe water to the residents of Kansas City for more than 135+ years as part of Drinking Water Week 2010, an annual celebration of our most precious natural resource.

Kansas City, Missouri drinking water has been consistently ranked among the best in the country by national magazines and other independent organizations.

“Only public drinking water delivers public health protection, fire protection, support for the economy and the quality of life we enjoy; however, the delivery of this safe and reliable water depends on water infrastructure that is well maintained,” said WSD Acting Director Rich Noll.

“Investing in our public drinking water systems is a smart, safe, common sense investment that will pay off for generations to come,” Noll added, “As part of the $250 million voter approved bonds, the Department will be investing more than $25 million in our City’s water system during the next year.”

The Kansas City, Missouri Water Services Department began providing water to residents in 1874. In 1928, the treatment plant north of the Missouri River and a 90” diameter water distribution tunnel under the Missouri River were completed and are still being used today. WSD has more than 2,700 miles of water mains and maintains more than 22,000 fire hydrants.

For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

For more information, contact Colleen Doctorian, public information officer for the Water Services Department at 816-513-0232.

The Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection, processing and distribution systems, stormwater management and control systems, and waste water collection and processing systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City region. Operation is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not by taxes.

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