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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2011

Residents advised about wastewater overflow into Town Fork Creek Watershed

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports a wastewater overflow due to debris in the sewer line.

An overflowing manhole located 207 E. Gregory Blvd. was discovered at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3rd and was overflowing at the rate of one GPM. The sewage flowed into a storm catch basin back into the collection system. The overflow ended at 3:50 p.m. Tuesday. The crew found a “Men at Work” sign at the bottom of the manhole that caused the overflow.

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.

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