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CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, 816-513-0232,

Public Information Officer, Water Services

Overflow Control Program Assistance Consultant has been selected

A team led by Burns and McDonnell has been selected to assist the City of Kansas City, Mo. Water Services Department in developing a solid, progressive program to implement the $2.4 billion Overflow Control Program as required by the Federal Consent Decree.

“The implementation of the program has already started with the Middle Blue River Solutions Pilot Program,” said Acting Water Services Director Terry Leeds. “We look forward to building a team to lay the foundation to complete projects in an efficient and timely manner. These projects will reduce overflows and improve water quality in Kansas City’s streams and rivers.”

On Sept. 27, the Federal Court approved the consent decree that the City of Kansas City, Mo. negotiated with the federal and state governments concerning sewer overflows. The Court’s order caps a multi-year effort by the City to obtain approval on the most effective plan to control sewer overflows.

"After decades of deferred maintenance we have negotiated a historic agreement with the federal government to make sure that our creeks and rivers are clean for our children. I'm glad to see the work moving forward," Mayor Mark Funkhouser said.

For more information about the Overflow Control Plan, visit

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

The Kansas City, Mo. Water Services Department maintains and operates drinking water treatment and distribution systems, storm water management and control systems and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business 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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