Kansas City's municipal water service, KC Water, issued a statement on Sunday, March 24, requesting that residents of the Missouri city conserve water due to treatment difficulties. KC Water had previously announced on Friday, March 22, that it was failing to meet "enhanced treatment technique standards" due to recent flooding in the region and a change in taste and color in tap water is expected. The reduced water quality is not at emergency levels, but KC Water requested that customers with compromised immune systems, including infants and the elderly, seek medical advice before drinking tap water. Side effects from drinking inadequately treated water may include nausea, cramps, and diarrhea.
Large areas of the Missouri River basin experienced record flooding, resulting in four deaths, displacing thousands, and widespread damage in Iowa and Nebraska. The increased water levels, high levels of turbidity, and increased silt has affected the ability to effectively treat the water. Other utility providers in the area receive their water from aquifers and are not affected by the flooding.
Individuals in the Kansas City area are advised to monitor the situation, confirm the source of their water, conserve tap water when possible, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, take adequate measures to ensure clean drinking water, and at-risk groups should seek medical advice regarding water consumption habits.
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