News from the Water Services Department
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
Contact: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, (816) 513-0232
For immediate release: June 29, 2010
Residents advised about wastewater spill in Blue River
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report that a bypass at the Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant discharged an estimated 2 million gallons of wastewater into the Blue River near the confluence with the Missouri River on June 27 at 12:45 am. The overflow was caused by a power outage at the secondary treatment facility. The bypass ended at 2:05 am. The City’s drinking water supply is not affected by this discharge.
The City is working cooperatively with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to mitigate the impact of this discharge. Crews will remain onsite until the spill is cleaned up and water quality conditions return to normal.
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.