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


Residents advised about wastewater overflow into the Blue River Watershed

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department reports a wastewater overflow due to a grease blockage.

A manhole located at the rear of 10417 E. 42nd St. was reported overflowing at 12:15 p.m. on May 24, 2011. It was overflowing approximately 10 gallons per minute.

The overflow ended at 1:30 p.m. for a total of 750 gallons. The sewage did not reach a creek. The sewage was absorbed into the ground.

As a reminder, fats, oils and grease (FOG) that go down the drains can cause clogs in your household pipes as well as in the sanitary sewers. FOG clogs can cause sewer overflows in your neighborhood. Sanitary sewer overflows pollute local streams and present a health hazard to people, pets and wildlife.

To help prevent sewer line blockages and sanitary sewer overflows:

Do NOT pour any cooking oils or grease into your kitchen sink, bathroom sink, toilet or other drain lines.

Pour all used cooking oils and grease into a small container so it can cool and harden. When the container is full, cap the container or cover it tightly, place in a bag to prevent leakage and put in garbage container.

Dry wipe all pots, pans and plates before washing in sink or dishwasher. Use paper towels and wipe grease and food contents into a garbage container.

If you have a kitchen sink garbage grinder, use this as little as possible since food particles and grease from the grinded material can still clog your pipes and affect the sewer system.

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, storm water 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 by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services.

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