Retesting at Weatherby Lake shows water quality is below the federal recommended standards for E. coli

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Volume 37-420 For Immediate Release: Nov. 6, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Follow-up water samples collected by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources found water quality at Weatherby Lake is now below the federal recommended maximum for E. coli levels.

The department collected samples following a sewage bypass that occurred late in the evening of Oct. 28 in the vicinity of 8316 NW Forest Drive in Platte County releasing an estimated 1,000 gallons of sewage into Weatherby Lake.

The recent testing samples at Weatherby Lake found E. coli levels well within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recommended maximum level for a single sample taken at a beach or designated swimming area.

The Weatherby Lake Improvement Company, owners of the private lake, notified residents the lake was reopened based on their sample results.

The Kansas City Public Works notified the department of the bypass that occurred due to a power failure that caused one of its lift stations to go off-line. While the pumps were off, sewage began overflowing from a manhole into nearby Weatherby Lake. The Kansas City Public Works were able to get the lift station back on-line quickly, which prevented additional sewage from being discharged.

To report an environmental emergency, including sewage overflows, please contact the DNR spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the department at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at