News from the Water Services Department
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 5, 2010
Residents advised about wastewater overflows
into Blue River and Line Creek Watersheds
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports two wastewater overflows due to a grease blockages.
The first overflow, located in front of 10323 Wallace Ave, was found at 9:05 am on and ended at 10:22 am. The overflow was approximately 15 gallons per minute for a total of 1,155 gallons. The wastewater overflowed into a catch basin that drains to an unnamed creek that flows to the Blue River.
The second overflow was found at 9:20 am and ended at 12:30 pm near 1420 NW 80th Terr. The overflow was approximately 25 gallons per minute for a total of 4,750 gallons. The wastewater overflowed into an unnamed creek that flows to the Line Creek.
The City has posted the affected areas to inform residents of the overflow. Water samples will be collected from the affected areas.
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.