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


Residents advised about wastewater spill in creek in Swope Park

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report that a 18-inch sewer line break in an unnamed creek that leads to the Blue River near Oldham Road and Oakwood Road in Swope Park discharged an estimated 81,000 gallons of sewage on

June 22nd. The City’s drinking water supply was not affected by this break.

The broken sewer was excavated and the sewage was contained and returned to the system at 3 pm.

A temporary repair to the 18-inch sewer was completed at 11 pm on June 22nd. Wastewater Maintenance crews replaced 45 ft. of 18-inch pipe. More extensive repair is pending on the sewer line.

The City has posted the affected area to inform residents of the discharge and is working cooperatively with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to mitigate the impact of this discharge. Water samples have been collected from the affected area.

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.

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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