BPU Releases 2023 Water Quality Report
Published on May 25, 2023
The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has released its annual Water Quality Report. The 2023 report, which can be found online, is also being mailed to all customers via hard copy as part of the 2023 Spring/Summer BPU Connection Newsletter.
BPU is pleased to report that its water once again meets or surpasses all standards for safe and high-quality water. BPU delivers safe and reliable drinking water through more than 1,000 miles of lines to its customers. BPU proudly serves over 53,000 residential and commercial customers in a service area of over 152 square miles. The service area includes Kansas City, Kansas, Edwardsville, southern Leavenworth County, parts of Bonner Springs and a small section of northern Johnson County.
BPU’s state-of-the art water system pumps 30 million gallons of water a day (MGD) which includes: one water treatment facility; three major pump stations; two of the nation’s largest horizontal collector wells; and multiple reservoirs and water tanks. In 2023, BPU produced over 10 billion gallons of safe drinking water for the community. The Water Quality Report was generated based on BPU’s certified laboratory, which ran over 41,800 tests on over 8,700 water samples to ensure that its water meets quality standards.
The annual Water Quality Report features detailed information and explanations about the make-up of BPU’s water over the previous year. Descriptions of BPU’s treatments methods, production volume, and water sources are also provided.
BPU tap water is also local, environmentally friendly, and comes with significant value - a penny per gallon delivered to the customer’s tap for the average residential customer. More information about BPU can be found at www.bpu.com.
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 53,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.”