Water & Energy Savers
Receive FREE energy-efficiency and water-saving upgrades to your home – and potentially save hundreds of dollars on your utility bills!
Did you know that a toilet with a moderate leak can waste 6,000 gallons of water per month? And that not using a high-efficiency showerhead can cause a family of four to waste almost 550 gallons of water per month? All this wasted water means a lot of money on your water bill!
Our Leak Stoppers program provides qualifying KC Water customers with a FREE Water Saving Kit that includes devices that could reduce the amount of water you use in your home and reduce your water bill up to $100 per year. Free installation is available!
This program is funded by KC Water and the City of Kansas City, Missouri and is operated by Bridging The Gap. Residents living in Kansas City, Missouri, with a qualifying household income can participate. (See eligibility section below.)
Bonus: Energy Savings Kit
Go a step further and also reduce your energy use at home by choosing to install additional devices that can help you save. An Energy Savings Kit, including LED light bulbs provided by Evergy, can be installed by our specialists at the same time as your water-saving kit.
How It Works
A Water and Energy Community Specialist will come to your home for a basic walk-through, identify leaks and energy efficiency issues as well as install FREE water conservation and energy-efficient products as needed. To get started, click on the button below to complete a brief application and schedule your in-home walk-through.
What is in my FREE Kits?
Your conservation kits contain several devices that can help you use less water and energy without any loss of convenience or performance.
Please note: Supplies might be limited or not available.
Kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators: An aerator mixes air with the water to create a steady stream of water with no noticeable change in water pressure. Your kitchen aerator has a maximum flow of 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), and the bathroom aerator has a maximum flow of 1.0 gpm. Using aerators can reduce water consumption in your kitchen and bathroom sinks by 30% to 75%.
High-efficiency shower head: Your new high-efficiency shower head has nine different settings and uses only 1.5 gpm, which is 40% more efficient than a standard shower head.
Toilet leak detection tablets: The non-toxic tablets in your kit can be used to diagnose a toilet flapper leak. Just drop a tablet in your toilet tank, stir the water gently, and wait 15 minutes. If the water in your toilet bowl has coloring in it after 15 minutes, you have a leaky toilet flapper that needs to be replaced.
ENERGYSTAR Certified LED Bulbs : Uses up to 90% less energy and lasts as much as 25 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs while offering better light and giving off less heat.
Additional products might be offered and installed, if determined needed:
Toilet flapper: A new toilet tank flapper will prevent your toilet from wasting water between flushes. The average leaky toilet wastes around 200 gallons a day, or 6,000 gallons a month. This can cost you hundreds of dollars per year in higher water bills.
Toilet Fill Cycle Diverter: This device goes inside your toilet tank and diverts some of the water that normally fills the bowl to fill the tank. It can save from 0.5 to 1.5 gallons per flush.
Toilet tank bank: Putting a toilet tank bank in your existing toilet is easy and reduces the amount of water needed to refill the tank by 0.8 gallons each time you flush.
Water Heater Pipe Wrap: Insulating hot water pipes prevents heat loss.
Who is eligible?
Low- to moderate-income households located in Kansas City, Missouri may be eligible. Eligibility factors may include one of the following:
- Current receiving WIC, Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare, Retired, Disability, etc. or job impacted by COVID19
- High water bill or received water bill insert
- Referral from KC Water or Evergy
- Home is in high priority zip code: 64130, 64132, 64126, 64128, 64127, 64126 (Can be renter or homeowner)
Notice of Nondiscrimination: Bridging the Gap (BTG) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). BTG does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity).
Note: All Missouri residential Evergy customers are eligible to schedule an Energy Savings Kit appointment directly through Evergy.
Not eligible for our LeakStoppers program? See our guide for performing a do-it-yourself leak inspection.
What to Expect at a Water and Energy Savers Home Visit
Toilet Replacement Program
When we install your water conservation kit, we’ll check the age of your toilet. If your toilet was manufactured before 1982, you may qualify to receive a free new water-efficient toilet professionally installed by a plumber. You must own your own home to be eligible, and quantities are limited.