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


WSD to perform water valve test shuts around 7th, May Streets

Wednesday night, the City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department will be performing a water valve test shut in the area of 8th and Broadway in preparation for replacement of water valves. The test shut will put consumers temporarily out of water. Following a successful valve test, a date will be set to replace the inoperable water valves.

This test shut will impact a smaller outage than the test shut last week. If successful, this will result in a smaller outage when the valves are replaced.

Consumers in the test shut area, approximately from 5th Street to 10th Street and from Wyandotte Street to Washington Street, will be out of water beginning at midnight Wednesday/early Thursday morning. Notices have been left for the consumers advising them of the temporary loss of service.

“There are more than 30,000 valves throughout the water distribution system,” said Acting Water Services Director Terry Leeds. “These valves are critical to allow WSD crews to take lines out of service to make repairs and connections and to minimize the number of customers affected by water outages.” The Department is currently requesting bids for a $1 million valve replacement contract to assist the Department in upgrading the water distribution system.

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 by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services.

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