KC Water customers experiencing far fewer main breaks

The 5-year-old strategic and data-driven plan to replace water mains throughout the City is working!

It was a mere five years ago that Kansas City was averaging about five water main breaks a day due to aging pipes. KC Water responded by developing a comprehensive Water Main Replacement Program that took aim at water pipes most susceptible to breaks due to age or other factors. The results of this program are nothing short of extraordinary.

There has been a 56 percent drop in water main breaks and KCMO customers are enjoying a more reliable and consistent flow of service. This past spring, city officials celebrated completion of 100 miles of the program with a pipe-signing ceremony on a residential street in the Northland.

“It’s great to measure our progress and to recognize all the hard work that went into this program,” said KC Water Director Terry Leeds. “We look forward to many years of ongoing water main replacement to protect the public health and safety of our residents now and in the future.”

The goal of the program is to replace 1 percent of the system, or 28 miles, of break-prone pipe each year. The program is being funded with a $500 million water revenue bond authorization that voters approved several years ago.