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CONTACT: Mary Charles, City Communications Officer, (816) 513-1356

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 17, 2009

Residents advised of wastewater spill in First Creek

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report that the First Creek Pump Station has overflowed as a result of rainfall over the last 24 hours. Sewage is entering the First Creek which flows into the Little Platte River. The City’s drinking water supply is not affected by this overflow.

Water Services Department crews are monitoring conditions onsite and will be collecting water quality samples. Cleanup efforts and sampling will continue until water quality conditions return to normal.

The release of untreated sewage from sewer systems such as this is known as a sanitary sewer overflow and it represents a potential threat to public health and the environment. Most of the overflows occur during wet weather events such as we have experienced over the past 24 hours. During wet weather conditions, the amount of wastewater within the sewer system exceeds the capacity of the sewer collection system causing the overflow.

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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