Facility Tours

Tour 1: Nearman Water Treatment Plant

Thursday, October 19
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Lunch Provided)


BPU is a publicly owned administrative agency of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, and is self-governed by an elected six-member Board of Directors. BPU is the largest municipal utility in the State of Kansas. 

For over 100 years BPU has been providing Clean Drinking Water and Electric Power to the residents and businesses of Kansas City, Kansas. With a total service area of 127.5 square miles we have over 50,000 water and 63,000 electric service connections that serve the residents and businesses of Kansas City Kansas.

BPU’s mission is to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities. 

In 1993 a major flood damaged our 90+ year old Quindaro Water Treatment Plant and plans were put into place to construct a new facility above the 500 year flood plain of the Missouri River. Construction for the Nearman Water Treatment Plant started in 1998 and was completed and went on-line in May of 2000. Raw water is provided to the plant from Horizontal Collector Wells located at the Missouri River. Primary filtration is provided by the natural alluvial sand and gravel aquifer at the river and pumped to the plant. Initial capacity was 36 Million Gallons a Day (MGD) with hydraulic design capacity of 54 MGD.

The Tour will be of the Nearman Water Plant its collector wells (two of the largest in the world) and will include content from our Water Engineering and Water Distribution departments.

Tour 2: Jeffrey Energy Center

Thursday, October 19
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Lunch Provided)


Jeffrey Energy Center is a 2,155-megawatt coal plant located in St. Marys, Kansas on 10,500 acres of land, with approximately 600 acres used for plant operations and 6,600 acres open for public recreation. It was commissioned in 1978, and has served Kansans with convenient, low-cost electricity for nearly 40 years. It is the largest plant in the state of Kansas, with three 800 MW generating units and is fueled by low-sulfur coal. A dedicated staff of 268 employees run the Center that boasts state-of-the-art emission-control systems to help minimize the plant’s impact on the environment.

The company’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship is reflected in the development and maintenance of the wildlife management areas at JEC. Westar was the proud recipient of the 2014 Edison Award, the electric power industry's most prestigious honor, for engineering and constructing a full-scale wetland to treat wastewater at Jeffrey Energy Center. The wetland system offers numerous benefits, including energy savings, sustainability, natural solution to treating wastewater, water conservation and an expected savings of $40 million over 15 years in capital and operational costs that will also benefit customers.

Other recognition and awards include; 2003 Powder River Basin Coal Users Group Plant of the year, 2005 and 2014 Westar CEO Safety Award and the 2007 STAR site recognition under OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Plan. In 2014, the Center reached 1,750,000 man-hours without a recordable injury (over 3 years).

Tour 3: The General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant 

Thursday, October 19
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


The General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant has been producing World Class Quality vehicles in the Kansas City area since 1945. Fairfax Assembly was the first industrial facility to operate as a dual purpose manufacturer producing both automobiles and jet fighters in the same building. The present facility, constructed in 1985, has received numerous awards, including North American Car of the Year for the Chevrolet Malibu, as well as earning a top safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and J.D. Power recognition in multiple categories. In addition to the industry awards, the plant has received several capital investments, helping to make it the largest employer in the Kansas City Metro area. The plant workforce is represented by UAW Local 31 and currently manufactures the All-New 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Fairfax Assembly operates on three shifts and produces one vehicle every 58 seconds. Since 1945, more than 12 million vehicles have been built at Fairfax.

Tour 4: DuPont St. Joseph Nutrition and Health Site

Thursday, October 19
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


DuPont St. Joseph’s Nutrition and Health site is a dry blending facility for food ingredients that are used in consumer foods. The plant produces an average of 25,000 metric tons of products per year. The plant is located in St. Joseph, Missouri, on 25 acres of land, with approximately 85,000 sqft. (warehouse, production, lab, offices). It was commissioned in 1997 and has supplied the global food industry with dry blended ingredients for 20 years.  A dedicated staff of 100 employees run the plant. This tour will provide a unique view of a manufacturing site in the food industry. The tour will explore the challenges of food safety and its implications in manufacturing.


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