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WaterOne chose to partner with HomeServe because we wanted to educate customers about their responsibility for service lines and provide them with a low-cost warranty option.
It was also an opportunity to take some control over the aggressive marketing tactics this industry has a track record of using. By partnering with HomeServe, WaterOne has negotiated the best deal for our customers and has approval rights over all HomeServe marketing materials in our service area.
WaterOne selected HomeServe after a competitive Request For Proposal (RFP) process which closely considered the terms of service, cost, and references of HomeServe and its competitors.
HomeServe offered the lowest price, covered landscape replacement, vetted qualified local contractors, and had good references. It has an "A" rating with the Better Business Bureau with over 1,000,000 customers nationally and so far over 20,000 customers locally.
HomeServe's water line coverage costs $3.99/month. WaterOne chose to accept a 6% commission from each water line policy sold. That percentage comes out of HomeServe's share; it is not an expense passed along to our customers. However, that money goes back to benefit all of WaterOne's customers. As a non-profit water utility, WaterOne is proud to put that money towards a good cause.
Part of the money we'll use to offset uncollected bad debts, which reduces rate pressure and benefits all customers. The rest, we pay it forward … We're proud to have a partnership with the Utility Assistance Program run by Johnson County Human Services. This well-regarded charitable program helps individuals and families in temporary need of assistance.
Furthermore, WaterOne's time and incidental costs in partnering with HomeServe are self-supporting; WaterOne ratepayers don't subsidize it.
HomeServe offers a full line of home warranty services. In courtesy to other public utility providers, WaterOne is partnered with HomeServe to only endorse its water line protection plan at this time. To find out more about HomeServe's other protection plans, visit the HomeServe Website.
No, WaterOne is exclusively partnered with HomeServe. There are several competing national companies that provide home warranty products. Before selecting a warranty partner, WaterOne evaluated and screened the three major providers and felt that HomeServe was the best fit for us and our customers.
Customers are free to select any warranty provider they wish or none at all. We simply vouch for HomeServe and because of the relationship we have with them, we can offer our customers greater accountability and responsiveness should there be an issue with which we can help.
HomeServe's competitors have periodically continued to mail solicitations in this area using WaterOne's name, as they did prior to WaterOne's partnership with HomeServe. WaterOne is not affiliated with any other company. As with any optional service, we encourage you to consider all the information available and make the best choice for yourself.
Personal information may include such information as your name, email address, mailing address, billing data and history, payment history, funding account information, account login and other information about you collected electronically, in person or by telephone.
Employee access to personal information is limited to those who require access to perform their assigned duties. WaterOne enforces with its employees the responsibility to protect personal information.
Customers whose names appear on the account are permitted to access account information concerning them that is held by WaterOne and to have it corrected if possible. Customers are encouraged to provide WaterOne with any changes to their personal information to ensure that the personal information maintained by WaterOne is accurate and complete.
WaterOne reserves the right to deny access to account information to persons who are not listed on the account. Secondary names on the account can only be added by the account holder.
Providing exceptional service at a great value is essential to WaterOne's mission to serve you. Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is a multi-year project to upgrade WaterOne's meter reading technology. Instead of "walk-by" manual meter reading, new technology will automatically relay readings to WaterOne.
Beginning in 2019, a small wireless relay device known as a "SmartPoint" will be connected to the existing water meter in the meter pit located in your front yard.
As a result of AMI, customers will soon have access to their own daily water consumption data, monitor usage online, and set up personal alerts which can help prevent leaks or avoid surprise high bills. It will also give WaterOne employees better data to help troubleshoot customer concerns. We will follow up with further information when that aspect of the project is ready.
This upgrade will not affect water bills or charges - it simply allows the existing meter to be read remotely instead of manually.
No further action is needed from you at this time. The installation takes approximately 15 minutes and will not interrupt water service. All work should be done in the meter pit in your front yard, which is located in the public easement.
There is no need to enter the home for most installations. If you are among the handful of customers who still have an indoor-mounted meter, WaterOne and its contractor Utiliuse will reach out to you to set up an appointment to upgrade your meter as well as install the wireless reading technology on it.
This project does not change the way water is consumed or metered. Only the way we read meters is changing - for the better.
WaterOne is changing the way it reads meters from a manual, labor-intensive process to a remote network that communicates to and from the customer meter. WaterOne will be installing an add-on device to each meter that securely transmits meter readings back to WaterOne. Once the project is fully implemented, customers will be able to access their own daily water consumption. You can monitor your usage online and set alerts which may help you avoid large leaks or surprise high bills.
In addition, WaterOne can better operate its system and provide services to customers at greater convenience and value such as confirmation readings, move-out readings, and finding stuck meters.
Customer devices will be installed between 2019 and 2021, depending on your location. At a designated time after we have completed your installation, you will receive a postcard in the mail inviting you to log-on to enhanced online customer tools.
Once the project is fully implemented from 2019 to 2021, we will begin contacting customers and inviting them to log on to their new consumption portal online. You will have access to detailed water consumption information through your secure online account. You will also be able to monitor usage online and set alerts which may help you identify leaks more quickly and prevent unintentional high water consumption.
We too will be better equipped to help you understand your consumption when you contact us with questions, resulting in a better customer service experience for you.
The driver of this project is to keep up with customer expectations about access to their consumption data and communication about their usage. We also want to operate more efficiently and have more opportunities to serve our customers better. WaterOne is taking this opportunity to invest in advanced meter reading for all customers so that our infrastructure stays current and we provide all customers with the same level of service.
Most residential WaterOne customers are still on "walk-by" meter readings. A WaterOne meter reader walks by customers' meters and collects the meter reading by touching a handheld device to the meter pit lid. All commercial and industrial WaterOne customers are read by remote meter reading technology and the reading devices that support that kind of meter reading are reaching the end of their useful life. This opportunity is driving the timing of this project.
WaterOne has selected a Sensus advanced metering system and UtiliUse, a Sensus partner, to perform the installations of the reading devices. This decision was made following an open, competitive RFP process voted upon by the WaterOne Board in February 2018.
Water meters are primarily housed in sunken self-contained pits in the front yard of residential customers' property. (Commercial customers' meter pits location vary.) Unless the water meter is already due to be changed out for its age or performance, the meter will not be changed-out. In most cases, we are simply adding a transmitting device to it to be securely read by our new system.
A small number of WaterOne water meters are still located inside homes, typically in the basement near an outer wall. We will coordinate with the homeowner to gain access to make the installation on the water meter.
For the vast majority of customers, the installation will be nearly invisible to them as the installers will quickly come and go without noticeable changes. For device-only installations, there will be no interruption of water service.
There are a small set of customers who still have their water meter installed inside their house connected to a touchpad on the exterior foundation. For these customers, our installation contractor (UtiliUse) will get in touch with you to schedule an appointment time for updating the equipment and installing the reading device.
No, AMI project is not funded through additional rate increases or fees. This project is a "net neutral" cost to customers across its 20-year life span. The cost of the project is offset by operational savings from the new technology.
Also, we are not doing a large-scale meter change-out as a part of this project. New meters are more accurate than older meters, so when a new meter is installed customers may see their bill go "up" because the new meter is now measuring all the water flowing through it. However, in general new meters are not a part of this project unless they have been identified for upgrade due to age or performance. If you have a question about your bill, call Customer Care at 913-895-1800 during business hours.
Our installation contractor will work within typical business hours, early morning to early evening. During hot weather, they may start and stop earlier in the day to work more safely in the heat. They will work most Saturdays and some holidays. Their work will not interrupt your water service, if you are receiving just the reporting device addition to your existing water meter. Utiliuse will provide notification to any customer who will receive a new meter and have service interrupted, generally for about 15 minutes. For the vast majority of customers, this change-over will be invisible.
WaterOne fully vets and carefully selects contractors who represent the best value, quality, and service to WaterOne and its customers. We monitor and manage contractor services to ensure all deliverables are being met to the standard required.
All work should be done in the meter pit in your front yard which is located in the public easement. There is no need to enter the home unless your meter is one that is still installed inside of the home (usually an outer basement wall) in which case a prearranged appointment will be coordinated. Our installation contractors will be happy to show you identifying information and credentials.
If a customer has a question or concern regarding a contractor's activity related to the AMI project, they should contact WaterOne at 913-895-1800.
This project is not invasive and should not create property damage. If you believe your property has been damaged, contact WaterOne at 913-895-5500 during business hours and ask to speak with our claims coordinator.
Whether consumption is collected manually or electronically by WaterOne, it is not considered to be a high value asset. All data collected, transmitted, and stored by WaterOne's metering system is consumption data only - how much water was consumed at what location. It is used for billing and as aggregated data to help us operate our system better. Now, you - the customer - will have secure access to your information too.
No. The AMI reading devices allows for remote readings on consumption but has no ability to control consumption.
No. No personally identifiable information (PII) is transmitted with the data signal. And although this data is not considered to be a high-value target, the data signal is encrypted and split into separate data packets that can only be reconfigured by a protected proprietary digital key. WaterOne does not share or sell customer consumption or financial data.
Remember, consumption data has been collected, transmitted, stored, and analyzed since the origin of WaterOne as a utility provider in 1957 and prior to its establishment as a public utility when it was a small private water company. What this project changes is the way the data is collected and the frequency at which it is collected so that we can provide better services to you, our customer.
This technology automates meter reading, so WaterOne will be phasing out manual meter reading between now and 2021. WaterOne is committed to being an employer of choice and retaining good talent, so we have involved affected staff in the progress of this project and are proactively working with them to identify and prepare for other opportunities at WaterOne, should they wish to stay with us. Our goal is to transition each employee into other positions within our organization and we are working with them now to identify opportunities and training to make them competitive for a job change.
There are no proven health effects of this system. We care about our customers and the communities we serve; we live in our service area too. The radio waves emitted by these devices are a tiny fraction of what we already experience in the ambient environment from our cell phones, laptops, microwaves, etc.
These devices are "asleep" up to 99% of the time, "waking" only to transmit a data point and then turning off again.
We strongly discourage it. By refusing the meter reading enhancement, we will have to manually read your meter which will be subject to an additional monthly charge to you.
If you are considering opting out of this change, let's talk. Contact Customer Care during business hours at 913-895-5500 and ask to speak with the AMI Project Manager.
Contact Customer Care at 913-895-1800 during business hours.
Yes. WaterOne meets and exceeds all state and federal standards for pure drinking water. Although our advanced technology is able to detect more substances at lower levels than ever before, the leading research has shown no health effects from prescription and endocrine disrupting compounds in drinking water. Research continues as the water community remains committed to protecting public safety.
Although research has not demonstrated human health effects from these compounds, it reminds us of how precious our source waters are and the need to protect them. The best, most cost-effective way to ensure water safety is to keep our source waters clean. As a common sense precaution, the Office of National Drug Control Policy discourages flushing prescriptions down the toilet unless there's information enclosed with it specifically saying it's safe to do so.
Many cities periodically offer Prescription Drug Take-Back events, no questions asked. Store prescriptions in a secure place, clearly labeled and watch for upcoming drop-offs in your city or nearby. Whenever possible, we feature drop-off event information on our Facebook and Twitter.
A number of bottled water companies use tap water as their source because it's a great-tasting, economical, reliable source. However, bottled water is not currently as closely regulated or tested as tap water. Bottled water is regulated through the Food and Drug Administration; it's considered a food product. Water utilities are required to publish information on their water quality; bottled water companies are not.
Yes, WaterOne’s water quality goes above and beyond all regulatory standards, winning awards for taste and quality. Water hardness is considered an aesthetic issue.
Your tap is perfectly safe without one. If you have an internal problem with your plumbing, you may want to consider a filter or treatment system.
It's a personal choice. Since the EPA requires a certain degree of what we consider "hardness," you may notice some benefits of an softener, including using a lesser amount of soap and detergents and less spotting on hard surfaces. They can also leave your skin feeling softer, retaining more moisture.
The trade-off is that your home plumbing is more susceptible to corrosion, accelerating its wear and increasing the possibility that heavy metals will leach into your water. Remember, never ever use warm or hot water in the preparation of foods or beverages for consumption.
A water softener can also increase your sodium intake. Softeners transform calcium and magnesium hardness into soft salts like sodium.
Are you installing a water softener and need to input a "Water Hardness Number?" To calculate this number, divide our most recent value for total hardness (ppm) by 17.1 to convert to grains per gallon (GPG). WaterOne's most recent total hardness average can be found in our annual water quality reports.
Carbon filtration at the incoming water supply will remove the beneficial levels of chlorine from the water, resulting in elevated amounts of bacteria growing in the internal plumbing system.
In most cases of calcium build-up, the hot water tank has been set at a higher than normal setting. High efficiency devices (i.e. tankless hot water heaters and re-circulating hot water systems) can also cause build-up in plumbing systems.
Please keep in mind that reasonable fees, not exceeding actual cost, may be charged for access to records, copies of records, and staff time for processing your request. You may be required to show proof of identity, if requested, in order to pick up these requested records.
Many records maintained by public entities are open for inspection and/or copying by individuals. Examples include regulations, board policies, minutes/records of Board meetings, and budget documents.
The Kansas Open Records Act recognizes that some records contain information which is private in nature. For this reason, the Act lists a number of exceptions. Records which are closed for this reason may include:
Although every attempt will be made to provide the information requested, it is not always possible to fulfill the request. There are a number of reasons that a request may be denied:
In nature, ozone occurs during thunderstorms, when electricity causes oxygen molecules to become excited and bind together. WaterOne will be using the same process to produce ozone for use in its water treatment. Drinking water that has been treated with ozone is completely safe. The only chemical by-product of ozone is oxygen, which dissipates on its own during the treatment process.
Ozone is produced on-site for water treatment using ozone generators, which use high voltage electricity to excite oxygen (O2) into becoming ozone (O3). After generation, the ozone is introduced into a pipeline contactor. During its time in the pipeline, the ozone works to destroy viruses and bacteria while breaking down taste and odor compounds. The ozone-treated water then continues through the remaining steps of the treatment process.
Besides being an improved treatment method for substances in the source water like bacteria, viruses, pharmaceuticals, and taste and odor compounds, the ozone treatment process is more efficient and cost-effective. Conventional water treatment methods rely on costly chemical additives, and WaterOne gets better value from ratepayer dollars by replacing these methods with ozone water treatment.
WaterOne's top priority is to protect the health and safety of our customers using the best resources available. As water treatment technology becomes more innovative, regulations for drinking water quality can also get more restrictive, and ozone water treatment will allow WaterOne to proactively meet future drinking water regulations. The plant will also allow WaterOne to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively, and is projected to pay for itself within 20 years due to reduced operating expenses.
Ozone water treatment methods were developed throughout the 20th century, and ozone is now widely used to treat water in the US and internationally. Several ozone treatment facilities are currently in operation in Kansas, although the facility at WaterOne will be the largest in the state.
Ozone is more effective at treating taste and odor compounds in our source water. While WaterOne's tap water is completely safe, seasonal conditions in the Kansas and Missouri river can sometimes cause variances in the taste of the water. Ozone treatment will help WaterOne deliver delicious, consistent-tasting tap water all year long.
No rate increase is required because of this project. WaterOne maintains a planning horizon of 40 years, and major infrastructure projects are carefully funded according to long-term budget planning in order to avoid reactive rate increases. The construction of ozone treatment facilities is projected to pay for itself within 20 years due to cost savings as a result of a more-efficient water treatment process.
Yes! Our WaterOne Quench Buggy comes with a chiller, providing fresh cool water.
Yes, and on-site electricity is preferred.
No! It is free of charge for events that are free and open to the public.
Contact us for options for having the Quench Buggy at your event.
Yes, water inside the Quench Buggy is directly from WaterOne filtration and meets or surpasses all regulatory quality standards. The Quench Buggy also comes with its own UV filter to further ensure water quality on-site.
Yes. A trained WaterOne outreach ambassador will accompany the Quench Buggy during the event.
Yes, WaterOne will provide small 7 ounce compostable cups for the event.
Depending on the size of the event, as well as the availability of our bottles, we can bring a limited supply of "I Love Tap" water bottles upon request.
Yes, WaterOne's priority is to get your property back to normal as soon as possible. This includes repairing the affected landscape and pavement.
WaterOne uses local contractors to perform the needed repairs on WaterOne's behalf. Once they receive the work request, the contractor manages the timeline and performs the work.
WaterOne’s pavement repair contractor restores damaged hardscapes including driveways, sidewalks, curbs, and streets, and its landscaping contractor restores yards, irrigation systems and decorative landscaping.
Yes. Although it might appear concerning that hoses are left out of the ground, this is a reminder to our contractors that an irrigation system has been damaged and shows them where repairs are required. Our contractors are capable of repairing irrigation systems, but property owners may have their own landscaping company complete irrigation system repairs if they prefer. Please reach out to WaterOne’s Restoration Coordinator for more information.
Repairs can be subject to external factors, such as weather (both seasonal weather and day-to-day forecasts), crew availability, and coordination with your city of residence. These factors may affect the time it takes for WaterOne to restore your property, but it’s our priority to get complete restorations properly as soon as we can. Here’s more information on how weather can impact restoration:
WaterOne will first ensure all pavement repairs are completed, and then submit the work to the landscaping contractor for scheduling and completion. The contractors are responsible for timely completion within the constraints set forth by WaterOne, as weather conditions allow.
Meter pit sinking can occur after restoration work has been completed, as a result of the ground settling due to moisture or other conditions. If you notice this occurring, please reach out to the Restoration Coordinator.
All underground infrastructure is naturally subject to stress due to shifting soils or other factors, and WaterOne does not have control over unforeseen damage throughout our system. Although WaterOne applies significant efforts and resources to proactively maintain the water system, there is always a possibility that additional repairs may be needed down the road.
The public right-of-way is a portion of property legally dedicated to the city for public infrastructure, such as roadways, storm sewers, sidewalks and streetlights. The state also allows utility providers to use the public right of way for their infrastructure.
Utility easements are areas of a property dedicated for utility companies to deliver services like electricity, gas, water, sanitary sewer, telephone, internet and cable. The land belongs to the homeowner, but utilities can access easements to perform routine maintenance, construct improvement projects and repair utility lines during emergencies.
Utility companies try to limit damage to encroaching items during construction, but they are not required to replace, pay damages, or reinstall items that impede construction. Encroachment into an easement or right of way, even if approved, is at the property owner’s sole risk.
Call Customer Service at 913-895-1800. We're available to help you manage your water account 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Yes! Our water more than meets all regulatory standards and has won awards for taste. Drinking water is regulated through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
If you are unexpectedly without water or spot a main break (water running down the street without a visible source), call our 24-hour Customer Service contact at 913-895-1800. After regular business hours, our answering service will take your call and mobilize an on-call field team accordingly.
A boil advisory is a precautionary measure issued by the water utility to alert customers when there is a potential for compromised water quality. It is recommended that customers boil all water used in the preparation of food and beverage for consumption for 2 minutes. A boil order is a confirmation that contamination is present in the water system. It is essential that customers boil all water used in the preparation of food and beverage for consumption for 2 minutes.
Learn more about water emergencies on our Report Leak/Damage Claim page.
Sure, register at NotifyJoCo to get phone, text, or email alerts about water outages and other emergency notifications near your home, office, school, and other important addresses.
"Main" is another term for a pipe. A water main is one part of a system of infrastructure that delivers water to our customers.
Hmm, hopefully! Check out our service area or call Customer Service at 913-895-1800 to look up your location by address.
For most residential and commercial accounts, WaterOne does not require a security deposit. Security deposits are required for all fire hydrant accounts and for accounts that establish a history of late and returned payments.
If you live in a single family residence, we bill you bimonthly for a total of six bills in a calendar year. All other accounts are billed monthly.
Yes, growth pays for growth. For new construction, WaterOne assesses a System Development Charge (SDC) based on meter size. To learn more, contact our New Services staff at 913-895-5728.
The service charge covers certain fixed costs of providing water service, such as meter reading and billing expenses, replacing meters or other minor infrastructure, and public water maintained for fire protection. Look for a detailed description on our Rates and Charges page.
Charges for water cover costs for producing and distributing water to your home or business. Volume-based water charges depend on consumption and consumption is the preference of the customer.
It's a state fee, required of all water customers in Kansas. State law requires all water utilities to collect a consumption-based fee from customers and remit it to the State of Kansas for the Kansas Water Plan. The state uses this money to manage statewide water issues like sustainable sources, flood management, water quality, and wetland protection. To learn more, contact the Kansas Water Office (Topeka) at 888-526-9283 (888-KAN-WATER).
We keep our rates simple with just two rate blocks, stair-stepping up based on your usage. Your "base" usage is billed at a Block 1 rate. To establish your regular consumption, we measure your water usage during the winter months (meter readings January to April) to set a daily average, called your Average Winter Consumption (AWC). The Block 1 rate applies to 125% of AWC. Block 2 is a premium rate for usage above 125% of your AWC. Block 2 rates incentivize conservation and more fairly distribute the costs of peak services. Those who use water at a pace that creates the greatest demands - or peaks - on the system pay a higher rate on that usage to help defray the future costs of infrastructure.
If your account is past due, we assess a $25 fee each time a trip is made to your address. That's our real cost for sending a person in a vehicle to your place to turn off/turn on water. We thought it was fair that those who require this pay for it, rather than all customers subsidizing it with higher rates.
No, just water. WaterOne is a not-for-profit "water-only" water utility. Johnson County government operates wastewater (sewer) services, but since WaterOne is independent of other public agencies our only concern is producing awesome tap water.
WaterOne's Peak Management Rates are in effect all year long.
Yes, signing up for a Paperless Billing account affords customers the opportunity to view three years of billing, payments, and water usage history. As always, if you have questions about your bills, want copies of a bill, or have other questions, call Customer Service at 913-895-1800 or email us.
Call Customer Service at 913-895-1800 to review your account. Our knowledgeable staff will answer questions about your bill and may be able to provide some insight based on account history and other information.
Check out our Payment Options page to learn more.
Yes, WaterOne accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover through our online EZ-Pay account, EZ-Pay One-time payment, or over the phone through the automated system or a payment representative. A $1.99 processing fee applies. Check out our Payment Options page to learn more.
It's a processing fee charged by the payment processor; WaterOne doesn't profit from this at all. Rather than hiding it in your rates, we thought it was best to be upfront and have customers who use the service pay for it. If the fee is a deal-breaker, consider enrolling in Auto Pay, WaterOne's free automatic direct payment option.
We use Commerce Bank for payment processing and its secure mailbox happens to be located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. To ensure the safety and promptness of your payments, all payments are delivered there. No worries: WaterOne is a Kansas public agency and all revenue collected supports our operations and infrastructure in our service area covering the Johnson County, Kansas area.
Contact the Utility Assistance Program run by Johnson County Human Services at 913-715-6653. We're proud to have a partnership with this well-regarded charitable program helps individuals and families in temporary need of assistance.
No, WaterOne is an independent public water utility. Our legal incorporation is "Water District Number 1 of Johnson County, Kansas," which is a description of our location - not a connection to another public agency. To keep it simple, you can just call us WaterOne.
No, WaterOne is an independent public water utility. Johnson County Wastewater (JCW) is a department of Johnson County government; it's a wastewater (sewer) utility.
WaterOne does provide customers' consumption numbers to JCW as a courtesy. JCW figures your sewer charges as a percentage of water consumption. For information on how your wastewater bill was calculated, please contact JCW. If you need the information we provided to them, contact WaterOne Customer Service at 913-895-1800. WaterOne has no further information about JCW, its operations, policies, or your JCW wastewater account.
We're lead by a seven-member Board of Directors, elected at-large in local elections by our customers. The Board sets the governing policies and provides financial oversight. Day-to-day operations are managed by our General Manager with support from our senior management team and staff.
WaterOne draws its water from the Kansas and Missouri Rivers and adjacent wells. Our customers gain advantages from having multiple water sources. We have less vulnerability during drought and an ample supply of fresh water.
Depending on the season, water temperature within the distribution system varies between 34 degrees Fahrenheit (F) and 85 degrees F. Typically, this variation is only noticeable if you’re drawing from a spout without temperature control, such as a garden hose or sprinkler. Hot water (i.e. showers) is created in the home/business by running tap water through your plumbing system's hot water tank, which you can adjust to your preference.
Based on the elevation of your location, water pressure varies between 40 and 160 pounds per square inch (psi). WaterOne is required to maintain a minimum pressure of at least 20 psi. If your water pressure exceeds 80 psi, plumbing codes require a pressure reducing valve (PRV) which helps regulate the pressure in your home or business.
Yes, the water contains both naturally-occurring fluoride as well as fluoride added to reach the target level recommended for oral health benefits. WaterOne started adding fluoride to its treated water in 1967 after voters passed a referendum to do so. Learn more about fluoride.
Many bottled water companies use tap water as their source. Currently, bottled water is not as closely regulated or tested as tap water. Bottled water is regulated through the Food and Drug Administration; it's considered a food product. Also, water utilities are required to publish information on their water quality; bottled water companies are not.
Since always. Property owners are responsible for the service line running between the public connection main and the structure. One of the reasons we partnered with HomeServe to offer optional service line warranties was to educate customers and provide them with an option to manage costly repairs.
If you're interested in learning more about the location of our mains, valves, hydrants, or fittings commonly used, contact our Drafting and Mapping staff at 913-895-5500.
Even the best water will get stale and taste unpleasant if not cycled through the system properly. In areas where water usage is low or crews are repairing mains, flushing is a required step to maintaining good, fresh water.
Always use a dechlorinating agent, available at pet suppliers.
No, never drink or use hot water from the tap for consumption or food/beverage preparation. Internal hot water systems (tanks, boilers) contain metallic parts that corrode over time and contaminate the hot water.
The value added by WaterOne guarantees quality and the convenience at your tap. As a not-for-profit, water rates are designed to cover the cost of operating and maintaining our water treatment plants, pump stations, and 2,600 miles of distribution pipe, covering our 272 square mile service area. We manage quality from source to tap, ensuring that high-quality water is available on demand. And we're proud to deliver water at a great value - WaterOne customers enjoy some of the lowest rates compared to neighboring utilities.
WaterOne has one distribution system to supply fresh, delicious water. The cost to construct and maintain dual systems of treated and untreated water would be prohibitive of any theoretical cost savings gained from providing untreated water for outdoor use. If you want untreated water for watering your garden, consider rain barrels.
As a not-for-profit organization, our customers trust us to make prudent and fair use of rate dollars and resources. Due to the overwhelming number of worthwhile community events and causes in our service area, WaterOne is usually unable to contribute financially or with in-kind services. If you would like to submit a request for support, direct it to WaterOne's Communications Manager. Also, consider KidZone and Book a Speaker for resources that may benefit your event.
Unfortunately, no. Due to security requirements we're unable to offer facility tours at this time. We do offer free activities, games, and water science information at KidZone, our online spot for kid-centered resources. We also offer guest speakers for your next event, when staff availability allows.
We supply the water that firefighters use to fight fires and train firefighters. Without a dime of tax dollars, we maintain hydrants and keep a reserve of water ready for fire suppression. Because of our track record of reliability, our customers get the added bonus of favorable rates on fire insurance.
While we cannot guarantee continuous water supply due to extenuating circumstances (severe weather, required maintenance, emergency main breaks, etc.) and in the case of non-payment, we make a concerted effort to notify customers of planned outages. We strongly encourage all customers to create a free contact profile at Notify JoCo, our emergency alert system. We also encourage medically dependent customers and medical centers to contact our Customer Care at 913-895-1800 to flag your account for expedited reconnection in the case of non-payment.