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KC Water’s Water Treatment Plant Saves Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Energy Costs

Posted on March 15, 2017

(Kansas City, Mo.) – Kansas City summers can be hard on one’s electrical bill. That’s why KC Water’s Water Supply Division partnered with KCP&L to reduce those energy costs – especially when the temperature hovers around 100 degrees.

KC Water’s Water Supply Division participates in KCP&L’s Demand Response Incentive program, which rewards customers who agree to reduce their electrical use during high-demand days.

At KCP&L’s request, the Water Supply Division was able to reduce its demands on KCP&L’s electrical grid on three days by using alternate power sources:

  • June 22nd from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. when the temperature reached 100 degrees.
  • July 21st from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. when the temperature reached 99 degrees.
  • July 22nd from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. when the temperature reached 98 degrees.

The change in energy use on those three days earned KC Water more than $55,500 in electricity bill credit.

KC Water began participating in the Demand Response Incentive program in 2007. Since then, the Department has earned $1.3 million in electrical bill credits.

“Providing clean, safe, and great-tasting tap water requires a tremendous amount of energy,” said KC Water Director Terry Leeds. “Participating in KCPL’s Demand Response Incentive Program is another example of how KC Water is working to reduce costs. I appreciate the efforts made by the Water Supply Division.”

This is part of KC Water’s ongoing effort to identify savings and efficiencies. In February, KC Water announced that its Wastewater Treatment Division had saved $376,000 in energy costs through a KCP&L billing review.

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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