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


    Water Services Department begins sewer rehabilitation work

    in Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project area

Preliminary sewer rehabilitation work has begun in the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project area. Contractors began this week to clean and televise the existing sewer lines in the pilot project area. To date, about 50% of the sewers have been televised. Preliminary work is expected to last for several weeks.

Televising sewer lines is an invaluable way of assessing the condition of a sewer line in real time. It can reveal blockages from debris, roots or grease; show cracks, breaks or deterioration of a pipe. It allows for this kind of detailed diagnosis without the need for excavation, saving time and money.

The sewer rehabilitation work is located in a 100-acre area within the Middle Blue River Basin and is bounded by 73rd Street to 77th Terrace and Holmes Road to Paseo Boulevard. The Middle Blue River Green Solutions Pilot Project involves rehabilitating the existing sewer system and using green solutions to capture stormwater before it enters the combined sewer system to reduce the amount of sewer overflows. Green solutions are an alternative to more traditional gray stormwater improvements such as storage tanks and pumping facilities, and could save Kansas City’s ratepayers money. There are more than 300 property owners in the pilot project area.

This project is part of the City’s Overflow Control Plan recently approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and will measure the performance of green solutions to help plan future green solution improvements.

For more information about the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project, visit the project website at, send an e-mail to the Overflow Control Program at, or call (816) 513-0521.

Visuals: - Crews televising sewer lines

- Crews cleaning sewer lines

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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