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CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2010

Water Services opens 4th CNG fueling station

On Thursday, June 3rd at 11:30 pm, Kansas City, Missouri Water Services will cut the ribbon on its fourth compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, 7600 E. Front St.

“The addition of the fourth station allows Department vehicles to access fuel closer to where they are working throughout the City,” said Acting Director Rich Noll. “The Department has been dedicated to green/alternative fuel vehicles for more than 10 years.”

The Department has more than 150 CNG vehicles in its fleet of 547 on-road vehicles.

WSD began using CNG vehicles in 1996. CNG significantly reduces harmful emissions such as nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, toxic pollutants and carcinogenic pollutants, as well as the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Natural gas is a domestically available, inherently clean-burning fuel. Using compressed natural gas (CNG) as a vehicle fuel increases energy security by reducing dependency on foreign oil, improves public health and the environment, and reduces the need for offshore drilling.

The Department saved more than $100,000 last year on fueling costs by utilizing CNG vehicles.

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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