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Valve exercising to begin in downtown loop April 2

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department (WSD) will start a water valve exercising program on Monday, April 2 inside the downtown loop.

This is part of a city-wide program that exercises the 34,000 valves in the water distribution system. More than 6,700 valves have been worked since the program started in July 2011. As part of the work, the valves are located and exercised by fully opening and closing the valve. Locations will be marked using GPS to facilitate finding them in the future.

Common problems found include: valve covers overlaid by asphalt, hard-to-operate/frozen valves, valve boxes filled with debris, rounded or missing operating nuts, and broken valve stems.

“Properly working valves are vital to Water Services operations,” said WSD Director Terry Leeds. “Crews must be able to shut valves to isolate a main to make repairs. The fewer number of valves required to isolate the break, means the fewer customers who are impacted during those repairs.”

WSD has a contract for repair and replacement of broken valves. The exercising of the valves does not affect water service or pressure. The work in the loop area is expected to be completed by May 15.

For more information, contact Colleen Doctorian, public information officer for the Water Services Department, at 816-513-0232.

The Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection, processing and distribution systems, stormwater management and control systems, and waste water collection and processing systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City region. Operation is funded by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services.

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