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We are here to help Businesses and Developers with their Water Pollution Control concerns and help them address their needs while insuring that our priority to protect the public health of the citizens of Kansas City and Wyandotte County and to safeguard the environment through wastewater and stormwater management is sustained. 

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Inflow & Infiltration

Inflow Sources Image Inflow occurs when stormwater enters the sanitary sewer system through downspout connections, holes in manhole covers, and improper plumbing connections.

Infiltration occurs when groundwater enters the sanitary sewer system through cracks, holes, joints, and other openings. 

What are the problems?
When stormwater gets into the sanitary sewer system, it takes up extra space that could be carrying wastewater. If the sewer system becomes overwhelmed, it can cause sewage to backup into basements and overflow from manholes and outfalls into our environment. 

Furthermore, it is not necessary to treat stormwater the same way that we treat sewage. When excess stormwater enters our sewer system, it is transported to the treatment plant, resulting in increased treatment costs. 

What can you do? 
Downspout disconnection is a cost-effective way to keep stormwater out of the sewer system. For a time period, homes were built with the downspouts connecting directly to the sewer system. These improper connections allow stormwater to enter and overwhelm the sewer system. By simply disconnecting your downspout from your sewer line, you can help prevent sewer overflows into waterways and basement backups into homes. 

Fats, Oils, & Grease Program

Common Sources of Fats, Oils and Grease:

  • Fried foods 
  • Cooking meats
  • Butter, ice cream, other dairy products
  • Gravy and sauces 
  • Mayonnaise and salad dressings

For restaurants and food service establishments:
Fats, Oils and Grease Program (FOG) & Best Management Practices (BMPs) for restaurants and food service establishments:

  • Train all kitchen staff on proper fats, oil, and grease management.
  • Never pour grease, oils, oilysauces, or dressing down the drain, floor drains, storm drains, or into the dumpster. 
  • Never “hotflush” oil and grease down sinks and drains. 
  • If the material cannot be reused, contain, seal, and dispose of as solid waste. If available, have material picked up by a licensed grease hauler. 
  • Maintain a record for all oil and grease cleaning, inspection, and removal. These records shall be kept for a minimum of (5) years. 
  • Damaged or malfunctioning interceptors shall be repaired immediately.
  • No debris or material removed from an interceptor shall be discharged into the sanitary sewer collection or storm drains system.
  • No bacteria or enzyme products shall be used in the maintenance of the interceptors 

Additional Information:
FOG Notebook Documents
Brochure(PDF, 623KB)

Plant Tours

To  schedule a tour of a plant for you or a group, call: (913)573-1300.