JoCo Health Dept. warns of high bacteria levels in drainage ditch

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Kan. – The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment has issued a health advisory to residents living along a storm drainage ditch from just south of 97th Place and Ensley to the intake of Indian Creek at 104th Street in Leawood on Wednesday.

You can view the affected area on a map below.

Johnson County Wastewater has been monitoring the water quality after discovering a line break on July 15, a news release said. At that time, temporary repair was made to the line and the sewer spill was cleaned up, but monitoring has revealed that bacterial counts have increased following the recent rain event.

Wastewater crews will begin permanent repairs of the line in that area on Thursday and will continue to monitor the storm drainage ditch and will work in conjunction with Johnson County Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment in determining when the health advisory will be lifted.

At this time, Johnson County Wastewater and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment advise residents to have no contact with the water in the storm drainage ditch until further notice.

Residents are also advised to keep their pets from making contact with the water.

Residents should be aware that elevated bacterial counts can also be caused by natural sources such as rain, wildlife, pets and urban runoff. Residents should continue to use caution and practice good hygiene when coming in contact with any urban stream.

map of affected area

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