Kansas City, Kansas
Water Quality in Kansas City, Kansas
Watershed: Turkey Creek – Kansas River
What is the water quality like in Kansas City, KS?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Kansas City water.
What’s in Kansas City water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Chlorite – Potential effect: Change in blood chemistry
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Nitrate – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 15 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
6 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.
Where does Kansas City’s water come from?
Kansas City’s water comes from the Turkey Creek – Kansas River watershed.
All 10 EPA assessed water sources in the Turkey Creek – Kansas River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Antioch Park Lake
- Barber Creek – two segments
- Brenner Heights Creek
- Kansas River
- Mattoon Creek – two segments
- Muncie Creek
- Pierson Park Lake
- Turkey Creek
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:
- Drinking Water
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Kansas City’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality can be surprising.
But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your household as well as things you can do at a community level.
In Your Household:
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 12 of the 15 contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 14 of the 15 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
*Chlorination is an effective method of disinfecting/treating drinking water. You can then use a water filter to reduce the effects of chlorination byproducts to get the safest, cleanest water possible.
In Your Community:
Contact your local government officials and put pressure on them to invest in cleaner waterways and upgraded city water filtration and treatment.
Go to: https://www.wycokck.org/Government to find contact information for your local officials.