News from the Water Services Department
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, public information officer, 816-513-0232
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2010
Residents advised about wastewater overflow into Searcy Creek
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources report an 12-inch sewer overflow in the woods near 4442 N. Topping that was discharging sewage from a manhole adjacent to Searcy Creek. The discharge was discovered at 2 pm Tuesday, July 27. The City’s drinking water supply was not affected by this overflow.
The overflow discharged 5 gallons per minute for a total of 450 gallons. Wastewater Maintenance Crews cleared the clog which was caused by a large rock in the sewer line at 3:30 pm Tuesday.
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 will be 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.