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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2010

Residents advised about wastewater overflow in unnamed creek

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report an 18-inch sewer overflow was discharging sewage into an unnamed creek that leads to the Blue River near 7714 Prospect. The discharge was discovered at 5 pm on June 25 and due to a miscommunication field crews were not notified until 10:30 am on June 28th. The City’s drinking water supply was not affected by this break.

The overflow was caused by debris in the grate in the combined sewer. Normal flow was restored at 3:30 pm on June 28. The discharge was estimated to be 52,875 gallons.

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. Most of the overflows occur during wet weather events. However, in this instance, the overflow occurred during a dry weather event.

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.

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