Kansas City Councilman Kevin O’Neill, who represents the First District At-Large, spent time on Monday, July 19th, checking in on the work being done to increase the capacity of the Westside Wastewater Treatment Facility. O’Neill was pleased to see that the project is on-time and on-budget. The project will work to protect our community’s environment by reducing the frequency of wet weather sewer overflows. The Westside Wastewater Treatment Facility is located in the historic West Bottoms. Water infrastructure projects may not be the hottest of political issues, but they produce a significant number of good jobs and address serious issues in Kansas City, MO including reducing flooding and environmental concerns.

This area features a combined sewer system where, when it rains, wet weather flows overload the system, resulting in overflows discharged directly into local waterways, as it was originally designed. KC Water is making improvements to increase capacity at the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant to help prevent these overflows. This project in particular features members of many unions in the area, including the Carpenters, Plumbers, Laborers, Electricians, and Operators.

 

ON THE JOB: UNION TRADES AT THE WESTSIDE WATER TREATMENT PLANT IN KCMO

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