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KC Water Celebrates Two Local Businesses for Their Use of Tap Water

Posted on May 11, 2018

(Kansas City, Mo.) – As Drinking Water Week concludes, two local businesses celebrate Kansas City tap water.

At Swordfish Tom’s in the Crossroads, owner Jill Cockson is making a name for herself in ice. Not just any ice. She uses tap water to make 300 pound blocks of ice that she carves down to serving size. And the only ingredient is tap water.

“We get a lot of people who ask whether we use filtered water or boil the water. My response is that we’re lucky to live in a market where we don’t have to. We have a really great water source,” said Cockson.

Tom’s Town Distilling Company is another KC Water customer using tap water.

“We use it in the cooking process and the cooling process,” said Brian Harper, Tom’s Town Distiller. “Kansas City’s water is actually rich in limestone which is like a lot of distilleries in Tennessee. It adds to your flavor in the whiskey.”

KC Water is committed to providing safe, reliable, great tasting water to customers. That water starts at the Missouri River, goes through the treatment process and is then delivered to homes, schools, and businesses through more than 2,800 miles of underground water pipes.

“It’s a bummer to see people use bottled water here. This is one of those markets that could easily ban bottled water because we have a great water source and the bottles are so wasteful,” said Cockson. “I realize in some markets they’re necessary but this isn’t one of them.”

About Drinking Water Week

For more than 40 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

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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