News from the Water Services Department
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 2010
Residents advised about wastewater spill in tributary of Houston Lake
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report that a sewer line overflow at 4200 NW 62nd Terr. discharged an estimated 5,250 gallons of wastewater into an tributary of Houston Lake on May 5th. The City’s drinking water supply is not affected by this break.
The overflow was caused by paper products, trash and other debris in a sewer line. The overflow began at 6:30 pm and the clog was cleared at 10 pm.
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 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. Residents are advised to avoid physical contact with the effected area. Most of the overflows occur during wet weather events. However, in this instance, the overflow occurred during a dry weather conditions.
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 entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not by taxes.