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KC Water Wastewater Facilities Experience Effects of Heavy Rain  

Posted on July 15, 2020

(Kansas City, Mo.) – Heavy rainfall has affected operations at two wastewater pump stations and one diversion structure.  This is causing highly diluted wastewater to spill into local waterways. The affected facilities are:

1.) Birmingham Pump Station, 11011 NE Birmingham Road

2.) Burlington Creek Pump Station, 4700 NW Green Hills Road

3.) Hillside Diversion Structure near Buckeye Pump Station, 5201 NE Birmingham Road

The Birmingham Pump Station is receiving more flow than can be pumped to the wastewater treatment plant.  As a result, highly diluted wastewater has entered Shoal Creek.  This overflow began at 12:31 today.

This morning’s rain also caused an overflow at the Burlington Creek Pump Station.  It began at 7:58 a.m. and ended at 8:50 a.m. An estimated 12,000 gallons of highly diluted wastewater spilled into Walnut Creek.

A wastewater overflow also occurred at the Hillside Diversion Structure. This event, caused by heavy rainfall, began at 11:18 this morning and is ongoing sending highly diluted wastewater into Rock Creek.

Crews are monitoring each location and have installed by-pass pumping where appropriate.

For more information contact Heather Frierson, KC Water Media Relations Coordinator, at 816-513-0280, cell 816-674-0211.


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.

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