Processing Magazine

South Korean delegation tours Kansas City water treatment plant

September 11, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A delegation of South Korean engineering and construction professionals recently visited the Kansas City, Kan. Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to learn more about its state-of-the-art water treatment system.

The delegation is currently designing a water treatment facility in South Korea that will require engineering and building requirements similar to BPU’s.

In particular, the delegation was interested in learning how BPU built and maintains two of the largest horizontal collector wells in the U.S.

“The BPU has been providing dependable quality water service to the community since 1909,” said David Mehlhaff, public affairs officer for BPU. “We are proud that our community’s publicly-owned water treatment facilities have received international recognition, and that other countries are trying to emulate what we’ve built here in Wyandotte County.”

BPU’s water system includes Nearman water treatment facility, four pump stations and 1,004 miles of water pipes. It has the capacity to pump more than 54 million gallons of water a day with two of the nation’s largest horizontal collector wells and stores 20 million gallons of water in reservoirs and elevated tanks.