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Department investigates a pair of sewer releases in Kansas City
June 18, 2010
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating a pair of wastewater releases in the Kansas City area June 17 & June 18, 2010 City officials reported the first release began around 6 p.m. at 11700 Cleveland Ave. after a sewer line broke and released an estimated 95,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into Kernoodle Lake . The city took water samples from the lake to determine the environmental effects and posted signs in the area to notify the public about the overflow. City officials reported a second incident after a manhole near 9551 Harrison Street sheered off due to erosion. The city estimates the overflow releasing from the manhole is 10 gallons per minute and is entering Indian Creek. City crews are sampling the stream upstream of point where the sludge entered the creek, at the point of entry and downstream of the point of entry to determine the extent of environmental contamination. The city will post signs in the area to notify the public about the situation and is taking steps to stop the overflow and fix the pipe. The department has dispatched an investigator from its Kansas City Regional Office in Lee’s Summit to investigate and determine whether any public use areas have been affected. The department considers discharges of wastewater from sanitary sewer collection systems to be potential threats to public health and the environment. Such discharges have the potential to contaminate lakes and streams, causing serious water quality problems.