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KC Water Basin Season Helps Ensure Safe, Clean, Reliable Drinking Water for Kansas City

Posted on May 9, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo.) – On an average day, KC Water produces more than 90 million of gallons of safe, clean and reliable drinking water to send to homes, schools, and businesses all over Kansas City. That water is pulled from the Missouri River and then moves through KC Water’s Water Treatment Plant.

As the water travels through the treatment process, it’s held in different basins. The cleaner water moves on to the next step and the solids are left behind. Eventually, those basins have to be scrubbed.

“We clean out all of the basins here at the water treatment plant twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall,” says KC Water Registered Engineer, Dan Sullivan. “We get rid of all the sludge that has formed from the water treatment process.”

This twice-a-year cleaning keeps the sludge and scale that form along the bottom and sides of the basins from affecting the taste of the water. This cleaning also allows workers to perform preventative as well as scheduled maintenance on any equipment that is normally below the water line.

These are some of the processes that take place behind the scenes to ensure Kansas Citians have some of the highest quality and best tasting tap water.

For more information, please contact Brooke Givens, Media Relations Coordinator, at or 816.513.0284.


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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