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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2010

Residents advised about wastewater spill near Walnut Lake

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report that Pied Creek Pump Station discharged an estimated 50,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater into a tributary approximately three miles from Walnut Lake. The City’s drinking water supply is not affected by this break.

The pumps at the station clogged causing the automatic controls at the pump station to malfunction. The overflow was discovered by Water Services Department staff at 8 a.m. on March 24 and ended at 8:30 a.m., returning the pump station to normal operation.

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 partially treated 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 dry weather due to the equipment malfunction at the pump station.

For more information, contact Colleen Doctorian, public information officer for the Water Services Department, (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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