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(Kansas City, MO) – To keep water faucets running, toilets flushing, and sprinklers sprinkling, KC Water produces about 100 million gallons of water each day.  But the treatment plant can produce more than twice that amount and on Wednesday, August 18th, plant operators pushed the plant to full capacity.  You can see the process in this video.

"What we are doing is we are testing the capacity of the plant and making sure that in the event that we have to bring it to this level that we can treat it properly, " said Aaron Balliet,  Water Treatment and Supply Officer for KC Water.

On an average day, KC Water produces about 100 million gallons of water. On this day, operators more than doubled that amount.

"We treated 218 million gallons through the plant. This is typically about 80 million more than average," said Kevin Williams, KC Water Chief Plant Operator.

Officials say it's about being prepared. Should anything need repairs or updates, they will find out through this testing process. To ensure nothing was wasted, KC Water shortened its water supply days before by pumping less than normal.

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"During this event our quality and treatment remained the same as any other day," Williams added.

It's been about 16 years since KC Water pushed the plant to full capacity and no issues with plant operations have been reported. A full report from the testing will take about a month.

For more information contact Heather Frierson, KC Water Media Relations Coordinator, at heather.frierson@kcmo.org 816-513-0280, cell 816-674-0211.

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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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