(Kansas City, Mo.) – The Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant experienced a power outage Wednesday morning which affected plant operations.
The severe weather that hit Kansas City Wednesday affected the power grid in the area of Front and Hawthorne Streets shortly after 9:00 a.m. This caused the treatment plant to lose power to multiple electrical feeds leading into the facilities. Power was fully restored at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. During that time an estimated 40 million gallons of highly diluted wastewater and stormwater entered the Blue River.
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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.