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CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, Water Services, 816-513-0232

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 29, 2010

Wastewater overflows into Line Creek, Walnut Creek watersheds

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports three wastewater overflows, one due to a grease blockage and two because of power failures.

An overflowing manhole located near 5900 N. Broadway Ave. was found at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. A grease blockage was cleared before containment or bypass pumping could be fully implemented. The overflow was approximately 10 gallons per minute for a total of approximately 1,850 gallons. The overflow ended at 1:05 a.m. on Oct. 27. Samples will be collected from the creek downstream of the spill. Signs were posted. Lime was spread over the area affected by the spill.

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.

On Tuesday, Oct. 26 the Mace Road Pump Station, 7500 N. Mace Road, located in the Walnut Creek Watershed, overflowed approximately 150 gallons of wastewater from 2:20 to 2:30 p.m. due to a power outage. The power outage was caused by power lines that were knocked down by high winds. Clean-up has been completed.

On Wednesday, Oct. 27, the Mace Road Pump Station overflowed approximately 1,100 gallons of wastewater from 8:20 to 10:55 p.m. due to a power outage. The power outage was caused by power lines that were knocked down by high winds. Clean-up has been completed.

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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