Kansas City’s Smart Sewer Program
Like more than 770 communities across the nation, Kansas City is faced with a challenge to meet federal requirements to improve water quality by reducing the frequency and volume of sewer overflows.
On September 27, 2010, The United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri entered a consent decree in the case U.S. vs. The City of Kansas City, Missouri (Civil Action No. 4:10-cv-0497-GAF (the “Consent Decree“).
Kansas City’s Smart Sewer program is a 25-year plan to meet the requirements of the City’s Federal Consent Decree. The program represents a $4.5-$5 billion dollar investment–the largest infrastructure investment in Kansas City’s history and the first federally approved Consent Decree to incorporate green solutions.
The 25-year program outlines a city-wide approach to addressing sewer overflows, improving water quality and supporting local workforce development. Our plan for Kansas City is to fix the City’s existing sewer system before investing in new, more costly solutions such as tunnels and storage tanks.
Kansas City is committed to leveraging each dollar invested as part of the Smart Sewer program to improve communities and the local workforce. In 2016 Kansas City’s Middle Blue River Basin Green Infrastructure project received the prestigious Envision Platinum Award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. The project is the nation’s first Combined Sewer area project to win the award, and is currently the largest integrated green infrastructure project to receive the Envision Platinum Award. The award recognizes the City of Kansas City for exceptional leadership and management of natural resources in the implementation of the green infrastructure project.
Also in 2016, Kansas City’s Smart Sewer University earned the Kansas City Industrial Council Sustainability Gold Stewardship Award for the program’s commitment to local workforce development. OCP University was established in 2013 to assist local MBE, WBE and SLBE business owners in developing the skills and capabilities which are necessary to help firms compete locally and nationally.
To date, Smart Sewer University has provided more than 5,300 hours of training to local small, minority and women-owned firms in Kansas City, Missouri.
This investment of time and resources has successfully tripled the number of minority firms given the opportunity to serve as the prime contractor by expanding the capacity and capabilities of local firms.
On February 21, 2017 the City of Kansas City, Missouri presented the annual Smart Infrastructure Update (program book | presentation) to provide local contractors with information about Fiscal Year 2018 capital improvements projects and capital improvements plans for the next five and ten years of investments as part of the City’s Overflow Control Program.
About Kansas City’s Sewer System: Why do we need to do anything?
Like many cities across the nation, Kansas City operates and maintains combined and separate sewer systems.
Kansas City’s combined sewer system dates back to 1857 and accounts for about 1,060 miles of pipe and Separate sewers date back to the 1960s and account for about 1,750 miles of pipe.
Kansas City’s combined sewer system accounts for about 6.4 B gallons of overflow each year and is one of the focal points of Kansas City’s Overflow Control Program.
Kansas City’s wastewater challenges are not unique. In fact, the investment we are making as part of the Overflow Control Program is in direct response to the EPA’s federally mandated requirement to improve water quality by reducing wastewater overflows.
It is estimated that Combined Sewers account for 850 billion gallons of overflow in the U.S. each year. These systems serve 772 communities and about 40 million people. The EPA estimates that this nation-wide investment will total more than $57 billion over 20 years.
Kansas City’s Smart Sewer program is currently in year seven of a 25-year plan to reduce sewer overflows. Information about existing projects associated with the program can be found by clicking the links below:
- Northeast Industrial District Green Infrastructure Project fact sheet
- Neighborhood Sewer Rehabilitation: Brush Creek Area 1 West
- Smart Sewer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Neighborhood Sewer Rehabilitation: Brush Creek Area 2
- Inflow & Infiltration (I/I) Reduction: Brush Creek Area 2
- Inflow & Infiltration (I/i) Reduction: Line Creek/rock Creek Areas 1 & 2
- Sewer Separation: Outfalls 066 & 067 and Water Main Replacement
- Neighborhood Sewer Rehabilitation: Brush Creek Area 1 East
- Inflow & Infiltration (I/i) Reduction: Blue River South Area 3
- Inflow & Infiltration (I/i) Reduction: Blue River Central
- Blue River South Areas 4 And 5 Inflow and Infiltration (I/i) Reduction Project
- Keep Out the Rain
- Kansas City’s Marlborough Neighborhood
- 81st and Troost Green Infrastructure Improvements
- Central Industrial District Green Infrastructure Improvements
- Middle Blue River Basin: Phase II Water Main Replacement & Sewer Separation
Missouri Sewer Fund Reports:
- City of Kansas City Sewer Fund Report FY15-FY14
- City of Kansas City Sewer Fund Report FY14-FY13
- City of Kansas City Sewer Fund Report FY13-FY12
Overflow Control Panel (OCP) Annual Reports:
- 2004 OCP Annual Report
- 2005 OCP Annual Report
- 2006 OCP Annual Report
- 2007 OCP Annual Report
- 2008 OCP Annual Report
- 2009 OCP Annual Report
- 2011 OCP Annual Report
- 2012 OCP Annual Report
- 2013 OCP Annual Report
- 2014 OCP Annual Report
- 2015 OCP Annual Report
- 2016 OCP Annual Report
Overflow Control Panel (OCP) Semi-Annual Reports: