FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 12, 2008
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, 816-513-0232, firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Information Officer, Water Services Department, City of Kansas City, Missouri
Water Services Department helps sponsor documentary to air locally on KCPT, Thursday, Nov. 13
The Kansas City, Missouri Water Services Department is one of the sponsors that have helped to air a documentary on infrastructure systems. Kansas City Public Television (KCPT) will be airing the 90-minute documentary titled Liquid Assets: the Story of Our Water Infrastructure on Thursday, November 13 at 8 pm and again on Sunday, November 16th at 3 pm.
The documentary tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, and stormwater. These systems — some in the ground for more than 100 years — provide a critical public health function and are essential for economic development and growth. Largely out of sight and out of mind, these aging systems have not been maintained, and some estimates suggest this is the single largest public works endeavor in our nation’s history.
Immediately following this broadcast on Thursday, a live panel of local water quality leaders will discuss how many of the practices and innovations showcased in “Liquid Assets” could help Kansas City and surrounding communities address regional water and wastewater issues. Members of the public are encouraged to join the conversation by phoning in with questions or comments during the program.
Produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting (WPSU-TV) in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the documentary aims to increase public awareness of water issues. It hopes to bring attention to concerns about our reliance on antiquated wastewater processing infrastructure and the need to ensure safe drinking water and healthy watersheds. For more information about “Liquid Assets,” visit www.liquidassets.psu.edu. For local KCPT listings, visit www.kcpt.org/schedules.
The Kansas City, Missouri Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management and wastewater collection and treatment for residential and business customers in Kansas City, Missouri. Water Services produces the No. 1 ranked tap water in the country. The department also sells water to 33 wholesale customers in the metro area and treats wastewater for 27 satellite customers. Operation of all three utilities is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not taxes.