News Release 685

Department of Natural Resources to host sanitary sewer overflow workshops

Volume 38-685 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 7, 2010--The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a series of workshops to educate communities on how to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. 

These free workshops will be held throughout the state and provide six hours of wastewater operator certification and professional credit.  Participants at the workshops will learn how to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows by conducting studies and developing various corrective programs. 

Sanitary sewer overflows are discharges of untreated sewage from municipal sanitary sewer systems as a result of broken pipes, equipment failure or system overload.  Untreated sewage and wastewater from these overflows can contaminate waters of the state, causing serious water quality problems and threatening drinking water supplies.  It can also back up into basements, causing property damage, and creating threats to public health to those who come in contact with the raw sewage and wastewater. 

To find a workshop location, date and to register, visit   For more information, call the Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1300.