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Customers Advised of Wastewater Overflow near 598 North Shore Drive

Posted on September 29, 2023

KC Water crews responded to a wastewater overflow near 598 North Shore Drive in Kansas City, MO which occurred at 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 28, 2023, and ended at 11:30 PM the same day. A power outage caused the Lake Waukomis Pump Station to shut down which led to wastewater overflowing from a manhole into Lake Waukomis. Crews operated backup generators until power could be restored and began a bypass. Lime was spread around the area. The Lake Waukomis Pump Station is back operational.

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.