KC Water responded to a wastewater overflow near 6839 Askew Ave. which started at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, June 21, 2023, and ended at 10:15 a.m. the same day.
Crews found a manhole overflowing at the location and a grate that was plugged with rock causing a blockage. Wastewater surfaced and entered a tributary that leads to the Blue River. Cleaning crews removed the rock and restored normal flow to the 15-inch pipe. Line and tributary have been washed down diluting the wastewater.
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.