City of Kansas City, Water Services


During Kansas City’s earliest days, most residents drew water from cisterns and wells, but waterborne illness was rampant, and fire protection was lacking.  In 1874, work began on the city’s first waterworks, which originally provided 5 million gallons of drinkable water per day from the Kaw River.  Today, KC Water Services utilizes the Missouri River to produce hundreds of millions of gallons of drinking water each day to more than 170,000 customers via 2,800 miles of water mains that stretch throughout the city.

Our dedicated employees work around the clock to test drinking water for more than 300 contaminants, exceeding the required EPA standard of testing for 290 contaminants. Additionally, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources sets state regulations for drinking water; Water Services meets or exceeds every single one.

KC Water Services is proud to provide the highest-quality water services to support the health and well-being of our community. To learn more about the quality of your water, please visit our Water Quality & Treatment page by clicking HERE.