KC Water responded to a wastewater overflow near 114 Delaware St.,which started at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2023, and ended at 6 p.m. the same day.
Crews discovered a broken, 12-inch main near a manhole in the area. Wastewater surfaced and entered a ditch near railroad tracks and a storm sewer that drains to the Missouri River. KC Water closed the force main, ending the overflow. Repair crews then replaced the broken main and restored normal flow to the wastewater collection system.
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.
For more information, contact Heather Frierson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.