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CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, 816-513-0232

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 31, 2012

Water Services Consent Decree projects progressing

Disinfection system online at Birmingham Wastewater Treatment Plant

The City of Kansas City Mo., Water Services Department continues to make system improvements as projects associated with the 2010 Federal Consent Decree progress as planned. Water Services’ third wastewater disinfection project, located at the Birmingham Wastewater Treatment Plant, has reached the start-up phase. Disinfection is being added to all Kansas City, Mo., Water Services wastewater treatment plants by the end of 2013.

The disinfection systems are designed to improve the quality of wastewater that is returned to the Missouri River. The system at the Birmingham Wastewater Treatment Plant utilizes sodium hypochlorite (bleach) to kill bacteria in the wastewater. The wastewater is then de-chlorinated before being discharged into the creeks and rivers

The disinfection systems will operate April 1 through Oct. 31, the water recreation season, when people use Missouri’s bodies of water for recreational activities.

In addition to the disinfection system at the Birmingham Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Birmingham plant will receive other facility upgrades totaling $7.9 million by January 2013.

Water Services’ first disinfection system was installed at the Rocky Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant in September 2011. As an alternative to adding a disinfection system to the Northland Mobile Home Park Wastewater Treatment Plant, wastewater is now pumped to the Rocky Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant, eliminating the Northland Mobile Home Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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 by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services.

Follow Kansas City Water Services on Facebook under Kansas City Water Services and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kcmowater.

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