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CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2010

Residents advised about wastewater spill
in Missouri River Basin Watershed

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report that a manhole overflow at 3811 N. Central in the Missouri River Basin discharged an estimated 8,000 gallons of wastewater into an unnamed creek on May 10th. The City’s drinking water supply is not affected by this break.

The overflow was caused by roots, grease and other debris in a sewer line. The clog was cleared at 3:30 pm on May 10th.

The City has posted the affected area to inform residents of the discharge and is working cooperatively with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to mitigate the impact of this discharge. Water samples have been collected from the affected area.

The release of untreated sewage from sewer systems, such as this, is known as a sanitary sewer overflow and represents a potential threat to public health and the environment. Residents are advised to avoid physical contact with the affected area. Most of the overflows occur during wet weather events. However, in this instance, the overflow occurred during a dry weather conditions.

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For more information, contact Colleen Doctorian, public information officer for the Water Services Department at 816-513-0232.

The Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection, processing and distribution systems, stormwater management and control systems, and waste water collection and processing systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City region. Operation is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not by taxes.

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