KC Water responded to a wastewater overflow near 4709 N. Cleveland Ave, which started at 8:02 a.m. Monday, August 14, 2023, and ended at 8:50 a.m. the same day. Crews discovered a manhole overflowing at the location. Wastewater surfaced and entered a storm box which leads to a pond located in Chouteau Park. Cleaning crews opened a debris stoppage restoring normal flow to the 8-inch pipe. The area was washed down.
Buried underneath the streets of Kansas City are nearly 2,800 miles of sewer pipes hidden from view but serving 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. There, pollutants are removed from the water before it is put back into our local rivers. Our wastewater systems protect public health and our environment, and some of the pipes are 50, 100, even 150 years old and still in use today. KC Water’s Smart Sewer program is our commitment to reduce and prevent overflows from Kansas City’s sewer system.
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KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.