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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 16, 2010

Residents advised about wastewater overflow into creek that drains to the Little Blue River

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports a manhole overflow due to a grease blockage in the street in front of 7502 E. 110th St.

The overflow was found at 7 am on September 16 and ended at 8:30 am. The overflow was approximately 5 gallons per minute for a total of 450 gallons.

The sewage entered the storm water system which contained recent storm runoff and exited into an unnamed creek that leads to the Little Blue River.

A sign notifying the public of the presence of sewage in the creek was placed at the storm outfall exit point located in a wooded area within Iser Park at 113th and Sycamore Terrace. Water Services lab technicians will collect samples of the creek. The area around the manhole has been cleaned and normal flow has been restored to the collection system.

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.

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