Generally, as long as it comes out of our tap and goes down the drain, many of us don’t give water a second thought. But there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at Lee’s Summit Water Utilities to deliver safe and reliable water, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The Lee’s Summit water system provides the community with drinking water and fire protection services to ensure the health, safety, and future growth of our community. When the system was built in 1916 it could supply up to 75,000 gallons a day. Today our water system can supply 32.5 million gallons a day (MGD) and consistently exceeds federal water quality standards. Read more about Water Quality.
The System Includes
- More than 603 miles of water mains for distribution
- 4,925 hydrants for fire protection
- 14,000 valves for control
- 4 pumping stations to sustain supply
- 9 water towers and storage tanks
- Approximately 35 million gallons of water storage capacity
Maintenance and Planning for the Future
It is estimated that Lee's Summit's current 32.5 million gallons a day capacity supply will meet the economic development needs and projected growth of the City through 2045.
To address the needs of aging water infrastructure, the City has made it a priority to make strategic investments in our system while also maintaining some of the lowest water and sewer rates in the metropolitan area. View the rate comparison chart. Since implementation of the Neighborhood Water Main Replacement Program in 2012, the Utility has replaced more than 17.3 miles of water mains since 2008 and plans to replace another 16 miles of water mains through 2020 in order to minimize the risk of unplanned interruptions in customer water services.
- Winter Average – 7.5 MGD
- Summer Average – 13 MGD
- Peak Day – 25.5 MGD