Tomorrow Beth Low-Smith and 14 others on a Mayoral-appointed task force will kick off the first of a year-long series of public meetings that will analyze the financial aspects of Kansas City’s current and long-term water needs.
Low-Smith also served on a committee that helped establish KC Grow, a water grant program for urban growers. The program helps them assess their water needs and recommends appropriate access strategies. KC Grow Small Grants can then be used to support implementation, helping defray costs for things like stormwater catchment systems and municipal water line tapping. In return, the city benefits from reduced stormwater runoff.
“Urban farms and gardens play a key role in reducing stormwater management costs. Tilled, cultivated soil soaks up and stores more water, reducing sewer overflows and flooding.” Low-Smith said. When growers have reliable and affordable access to water through the city or with a new catchment system, they can expand their operations and further reduce stormwater runoff.Cost of Service Task Force members include:
In order to pay for necessary infrastructure upgrades and federally-mandated programs, water and wastewater rates have significantly increased over the last several years. As such, KC Water will conduct a forward-looking Cost of Service analysis for the following reasons:
Future meeting information and related material, such as agendas and presentations, can be found at www.kcwaterservices.org/cost.