News Release 452

DNR investigates sewage bypasses in Grandview

Volume 37-452 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., NOV. 25, 2009 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating a sewage bypass in Grandview, Missouri that was reported to the department this morning.

Officials from the City of Grandview reported to the department this morning they had discovered a bypass in a wooded area southwest of the intersection of Martha Truman Road and Meritt Road in Grandview.  The bypass was caused by a plugged line that was subsequently cleaned out by the city.  Grandview officials estimated that approximately 70,000 gallons of raw sewage was spilled and eventually made it to the Big Blue River.  There is a also a small residential lake between the bypass location and the river, so the department has asked the city officials to notify residents in the homes located on the lake.

The release of untreated sewage from sewer systems represents a potential threat to public health and the environment.

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