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CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2010

Residents advised about wastewater overflow into Buckeye Creek

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report a manhole overflow due to a grease blockage at 4611 NE Winn Rd. The overflow discharged into a storm drainage ditch that leads to Buckeye Creek upstream from Winnwood Lake. The discharge was discovered at 4 pm Thursday, July 22nd and the blockage was cleared at 4:47 pm. The City’s drinking water supply was not affected by this overflow.

The overflow was 5 gallons per minute for a total of 235 gallons.

The City has posted the affected area to inform residents of the overflow and is working cooperatively with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to mitigate the impact of this overflow.Water samples will be 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. Most of the overflows occur during wet weather events. However, in this instance, the overflow occurred during a dry weather event.

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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