FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 1, 2017
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the residents of the Marlborough neighborhood on Wednesday celebrated completion of another Smart Sewer project. The $34 million project is part of the City’s Smart Sewer program, which aims to reduce about 6.4 billion gallons of combined sewer overflows that occur each year. However, for residents of the Marlborough community, the project is a catalyst for revitalization.
Just last year, people passing by the intersection of 81st Street and Troost Avenue might have overlooked the rundown office space and adjacent vacant lot. Today, that same space is home to an inviting 10-acre park space strategically designed to hold up to 11 million gallons of rainwater.
“The Marlborough community is transforming into a more vibrant place to live, work and play,” said 5th District Councilwoman Alissia Canady. “This project is an incredible example of the power of collaboration between City departments and the community.”
Kansas City maintains over 1,000 miles of combined sewer pipe, some of which dates back to 1857. Combined sewer pipes are designed to carry rainwater and wastewater but during heavy rain storms these pipes become overburdened, and the combined rainwater and untreated wastewater can overflow into the community and into local streams and rivers.
The Marlborough neighborhood is one of several communities still served by the City’s combined sewer system. Collaboration between the City and the Marlborough community resulted in an innovative solution to keep rainwater out of the combined sewer system by retaining the water in a wetland detention basin and in raingardens. When it rains, the stormwater is captured in the detention basin and raingardens then naturally released back into the environment through ground infiltration and evaporation. This helps reduce sewer overflows, but it also provides a beautiful park space for the community to enjoy.
“Kansas City is leveraging each infrastructure dollar invested for the benefit of our communities,” said Special Assistant City Manager Andy Shively. “Approaching each infrastructure improvement with community benefits as a top priority is part of what sets Kansas City apart as a national leader in wastewater solutions.”
Kansas City’s green infrastructure solutions in the Marlborough area have been awarded the prestigious Envision Platinum designation by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. The area, which includes a total of 744 acres, is recognized as the first combined sewer overflow area to achieve Platinum status and is also the largest integrated green infrastructure project to earn the award.
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