News from the Water Services Department
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 24, 2010, 4:20 p.m.
Residents advised about wastewater bypasses
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports that due to storm related issues wastewater was discharged into First Creek and Second Creek Watersheds Thursday night and into Friday.
Bypasses occurred at:
The bypass has been stopped at Tiffany Lakes Pump Station.
Acting Water Services Director Terry Leeds said “Significant thunderstorms and rainfall last night 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.