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KC Water says flooding causing treatment techniques for cryptosporidium to fail

Posted at 12:49 AM, Mar 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 14:01:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s not the high water from this Spring’s floods that’s directly affecting Kansas City residents.

Late Friday, the Kansas City, Missouri Water Department said flooding conditions along the Missouri River have hampered its efforts to effectively treat for cryptosporidium.

Specifically, tests conducted by the department during the week of March 17 showed changes in water quality from the river negatively affected the department’s ability to treat the water. As a result, the utility reported to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that it had failed to meet a benchmark for successful measurements.

The results carry a requirement for the department to notify residents, though the results are not considered an emergency.

A release issued by the department offered further details.