(Kansas City, Mo.) – KC Water responded to a wastewater overflow near 4922 Swope Parkway which started at 12:54 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2023, and ended at 7:00 p.m. the same day. Crews discovered a manhole overflowing at the location. Wastewater surfaced an entered into a drainage ditch that leads to Brush Creek. Crews jet-cleaned the 18-inch main from the manhole Friday and returned Saturday. Wastewater is highly diluted.
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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