News from the Water Services Department
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, Water Services, 816-513-0232
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 1, 2010
Residents advised about wastewater overflow into Blue River Watershed
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports a wastewater overflow due to debris in the sewer line.
A manhole located at the rear of 5404 E. 97th St. overflowed into an unnamed storm drainage that leads to the Blue River. The overflow was found at 3:47 p.m. and flow was restored by 6:15 p.m.
The overflow ran at an estimated rate of 10 gallons per minute for a total of 2,080 gallons.
Samples will be collected from the creek downstream of the spill. Signs have been posted. Lime was spread over the area affected by the spill.
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 due to a debris blockage.
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, storm water 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.