~ On Thursday, September 28th, 2023, KC Water crews responded to a wastewater overflow near 598 North Shore Drive in Kansas City, MO. The overflow was caused by a power outage at the Lake Waukomis Pump Station which led to wastewater overflowing from a manhole into Lake Waukomis. Backup generators were used until power could be restored and a bypass was initiated. Lime was spread around the area to help mitigate the effects of the overflow. The Lake Waukomis Pump Station is now back operational.

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KC Water's Smart Sewer program is dedicated to reducing and preventing overflows from Kansas City's sewer system. Nearly 2,800 miles of sewer pipes are buried beneath the streets of Kansas City and serve an important purpose: to move whatever goes down the drain or toilet away from our homes and businesses to the City's six wastewater treatment plants. Pollutants are removed from the water before it is put back into our local rivers, protecting public health and our environment. Some of these pipes are 50, 100, even 150 years old and still in use today.

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