News Release 432

Department of Natural Resources, Lee’s Summit reach settlement on wastewater overflows

Volume 38-432 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., JULY 29, 2010 – The city of Lee’s Summit has agreed to pay nearly $60,000 as part of a settlement negotiated with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources related to a series of wastewater overflows during 2008 and 2009, the department announced today.

The settlement, part of an abatement order on consent, also requires the city to take a number of steps to limit the negative environmental effects of future wastewater overflows.

“This agreement holds Lee’s Summit accountable for wastewater overflows into Missouri’s waters,” said Department of Natural Resources Director Mark N. Templeton.

As part of the agreement, the city agreed to make nearly $60,000 in payments:

The city also agreed to install and operate an alarm system to all of its pump stations, lift stations and other sewage handling facilities, and agreed to immediately respond and take appropriate action every time an alarm is triggered.

The department cited a series of 2008-2009 wastewater overflows in the order, including the Sept. 4, 2009, release of more than 100,000 gallons of sewage from its Tudor Road lift station into Prairie Lee Lake.

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.