News from the Water Services Department
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 6, 2010
Residents advised about wastewater overflow into Blue River
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report a manhole overflow due to a grease blockage in a wooded area behind 7901 E. 63rd St. Trafficway.
The overflow was found at 12 pm on August 5 and ended at 7:30 pm. The overflow was 50 gallons per minute for a total of 22,500 gallons.
The sewage entered an unnamed, non-recreational creek which leads to the Blue River. Bypass pumping was implemented to return the sewage to the collection system.
The City has posted the affected area to inform residents of the overflow and is working cooperatively with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to mitigate the impact of this overflow. Water samples will be 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 due to a grease blockage. Grease accumulates in the sewer when consumers improperly dispose of grease down the drain.
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.