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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEAE: Sept. 29, 2009

Residents advised about wastewater spill in Blue River tributary

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report that a sewer line break at 9668 Marion Ridge discharged an estimated three million gallons of wastewater into an unnamed tributary of the Blue River near Interstate 435 and Bannister Road. The City’s drinking water supply is not affected by this break.

Two breaks were found in this area, one at 9668 Marion Ridge and one at 10234 Marion Park Drive. The break at 9668 Marion Ridge was repaired on Friday, Sept. 25 at 8:30 p.m. and the one at 10234 Marion Park Drive was repaired on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Approximately 2 miles on the unnamed tributary and 1 mile of Blue River through Swope Park have been impacted by the discharge.

Residents should not use the tributary or the Blue River above 87th Street for recreational uses until the spill can be cleaned up and completed laboratory tests results indicate the water body meets acceptable water quality standards. Water Services personnel currently are onsite cleaning up and collecting water samples.

The City also has notified downstream users of the stream and is working cooperatively with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to mitigate the impact of this discharge. The Water Services Department will continue to collect samples and report results as soon as they become available. A media alert will be issued when recreational uses on this segment of the Blue River and its unnamed tributary may resume.

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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