News from the Water Services Department
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 20, 2010
Residents advised about wastewater bypasses in the Northland
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports that due to storm related issues and mechanical failures more than 13 million gallons of wastewater was discharged into Todd Creek, First Creek, Shoal Creek and Second Creek Watersheds this past weekend.
Bypasses occurred at:
Todd Creek Wastewater Plant, 7600 NW 114th St.
Tiffany Lakes Pump Station, NW 108th Street, west of Skyview
Birmingham Pump Station, located at 11011 Birmingham Road
First Creek Pump Station, located at 10990 N. Wyandotte
The bypasses have been stopped.
“More than 5-inches of rain was recorded at our flood monitoring station at I-35 and Chouteau Trafficway Saturday night, “ said Acting Water Services Director Terry Leeds. “This amount of rain and the large electrical storm may have contributed to the bypasses. Water Services staff will work to identify the issues that caused these overflows and make any necessary repairs or improvements.”
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.
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.