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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 14, 2010

Residents advised about wastewater overflow into Alex George Lake

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports a leak at 10900 Blue River Rd.

Wastewater Maintenance investigated a report of the leaking sewer last night at 7 p.m. and cleaned the line; however, they were unable to find a leak because of the darkness.

Wastewater Investigators returned at 9 a.m. today and found sewage leaking from a concrete encased 8-inch sewer into an unnamed creek that leads to Alex George Lake. The sewage was been contained in a low spot in the creek. Bypass pumping was implemented at 11 a.m. to return the sewage to the collection system. The leak totaled 4,800 gallons.

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

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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