As spring approaches, so do the ever-changing weather conditions. These weather conditions can sometimes affect the taste and odor of our tap water but it does not affect water quality or safety. Some KC Water customers may notice a slight change to the taste of their tap water.

Seasonal changes such as rain, temperature, river water levels, and even runoff from melting snow can change the characteristics of the water in the Missouri River, the source of Kansas City’s drinking water.  Operational changes made to adjust to changing river conditions can also affect the taste and odor of tap water.  KC Water performs continuous monitoring and extensive laboratory testing of the drinking water that is supplied throughout Kansas City to ensure that safe water is delivered to customers.

KC Water meets or exceeds all state and federal drinking water safety requirements as well as the high water quality standards established by KC Water on behalf of our customers.

For more information on the water treatment process and naturally occurring taste, odor and color changes of KC Water’s tap water, please visit

For more information, contact Heather Frierson, KC Water Media Relations Coordinator at 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.