~ Kansas City, MO - On Monday, May 27th, 2024 at 6:12 pm, a wastewater overflow occurred near 3800 NW 82nd Street in Kansas City. KC Water crews were quick to respond and were able to contain the situation by 7:45 pm on the same day. According to reports, approximately 4650 gallons of wastewater spilled and reached nearby Line Creek.

The cause of the overflow was determined to be a blockage consisting of a broken manhole lid, large rocks, and debris. Crews worked diligently to clear the stoppage, which restored normal flow. As a precautionary measure, the affected area was also cleaned with lime to disinfect it. Additionally, crews will be flushing the area and taking water samples from Line Creek to check for any potential contamination.

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It is worth noting that underneath the streets of Kansas City lies nearly 2,800 miles of sewer pipes that are crucial in moving waste away from homes and businesses to the city's six wastewater treatment plants. These systems play a vital role in protecting public health and the environment by removing pollutants from water before it is returned to local rivers. Some of these pipes have been in use for over 50 years and are still functioning today.

In an effort to reduce and prevent overflows from Kansas City's sewer system, KC Water has implemented their Smart Sewer program. This program is a commitment to maintaining the city's wastewater systems and ensuring their effectiveness for years to come.

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