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


    Water Services Department begins installation of green projects in Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project area

The first installment of pervious concrete has been installed along 77th Street between Holmes Road and Troost Avenue as part of the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project.

The pervious sidewalk is the first pervious sidewalk to be installed to reduce combined sewer overflows in Kansas City in accordance with the Federal Consent Decree. The sidewalk was installed May 27 and will be tested on Tuesday, June 7 at 9 a.m. at 77th Street and Holmes Road.

The project is located in a 100-acre area within the Middle Blue River Basin and is bounded by 73rd Street to 77th Terrace and Holmes Road to Paseo Boulevard. The Middle Blue River Green Solutions Pilot Project involves rehabilitating the existing sewer system and using green solutions to capture storm water before it enters the combined sewer system to reduce the amount of sewer overflows. Green solutions are an alternative to more traditional gray infrastructure such as storage tanks and pumping facilities, and could save Kansas City’s ratepayers money. There are more than 300 property owners in the pilot project area.

This project is part of the City’s Overflow Control Plan approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and will measure the performance of green solutions to help plan future green solution improvements.

For more information about the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project, visit the project website at

Photo/video opportunity: Crews testing the new pervious sidewalk and demonstrating how the sidewalk operates. Crews are also scheduled to place more pervious sidewalks as well.

For more information, contact Colleen Doctorian, public information officer for Water Services 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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