Kansas City Overflow Control Program Management

Kansas City Overflow Control Program Management

Location: Kansas City, Mo.

Client: City of Kansas City, Water Services Department

Completion Date: Ongoing

Burns & McDonnell was selected to provide program management services for development and implementation of Kansas City's $2.5 billion long-term control plan (LTCP) as part of the Water Services Department's (WSD) Overflow Control Program (OCP). The OCP is a multi-faceted undertaking to address overflows within the sanitary and combined sewer systems over a 25-year period.

Burns & McDonnell's services include managing the efforts of eight basin engineers preparing control plans in seven combined sewer system (CSS) basins and four major separate sewer system (SSS) project areas, and managing technical service contracts for sampling and laboratory services, citywide flow monitoring and radar rainfall analysis.

Burns & McDonnell combined the control plan alternatives developed by the basin engineers with the collected data and community involvement program results into a unified LTCP for both the CSS and SSS. The plan identifies the required facilities and improvements, along with estimated costs, funding strategies and implementation schedules required to meet the objectives of the public, city and state. Development of the plan allowed the city to proactively negotiate with the EPA and Missouri Department of Natural Resources regarding key issues, leading to the successful negotiation of a federal consent decree for implementation of the overall improvement plan.

  • Program management
  • Development and management of public participation and community involvement program
  • Development of:
    • Implementation schedule
    • Contracting procedures
    • Data management systems
    • Standard operating procedures
    • Quality assurance program
    • Safety program
    • Reporting measures
  • XPSWMM modeling
  • Funding sources
  • CSO long-term control plan compliance
  • SSS control plan compliance
  • Wastewater treatment plant capacity assessment
  • Green solutions implementation
  • I/I program development and implementation
  • Long-term flow monitoring program implementation
  • Support of city staff during consent decree negotiations
  • CMOM (capacity, management, operation and maintenance) program development
  • Basement backup program development
  • Flow monitoring program development

The following specific services were also performed by Burns & McDonnell as part of the LTCP development:

Blue River WWTP, Westside WWTP and Birmingham WWTP capacity studies
Determined the current flow and treatment capacities of the Blue River, Westside and Birmingham wastewater treatment plants, including capabilities to receive additional wet weather flows as part of the LTCP.

Middle Blue River green solutions pilot program
Analyzed multiple areas within the city's combined sewer area, selecting the Middle Blue River Basin as a prime candidate to implement a green infrastructure solution for reducing CSOs. Burns & McDonnell completed preliminary designs for the first 100-acre pilot project in the basin. Green infrastructure included bioretention cells, rain gardens, pervious sidewalks and parking areas, and infiltration galleries. Click below to download: 

Kansas City's Overflow Control Program:
Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project Final Report

Development of CMOM plan
A CMOM plan was provided to document current operational procedures, as well as enhancements and modifications that can be made to more effectively achieve regulatory compliance and contribute toward minimizing overflows throughout the service area. The CMOM plan describes the findings of the assessment and identifies planned changes and/or improvements to current capacity, management, operation and maintenance procedures to be implemented by the Water Services Department.

I/I evaluation and rehabilitation program development and pilot projects
Burns & McDonnell developed an I/I evaluation and rehabilitation program and conducted pilot projects to verify the effectiveness of the program. Burns & McDonnell managed pilot projects in two basins, 220 acres and 28 acres.

Basement backup program development
Burns & McDonnell prepared recommendations for a program to address water-in-basement complaints from Kansas City residents resulting from backups in the city's sewer collection system. Current procedures will be expanded to include cleanup and damage compensation for backups caused by surcharging (lack of capacity) and the installation of backflow prevention devices or systems where it is deemed necessary.

CSO LTCP work plan
Prior to the program management of the OCP, Burns & McDonnell prepared an initial assessment of the existing CSO situation and the need for a CSO LTCP. An LTCP work plan was created to develop the scope of services, budget and schedule for preparing a complete LTCP for CSOs.

  • Development of measurable goals for the design and execution of the OCP
  • Development of procedures for coordinating projects with other city departments
  • Assessment of current OCP organizational structure and recommendations regarding the best organizational structure to support the OCP
  • Preparation of consistent approaches to administrative, organizational and functional procedures to manage the program
  • Recommendation of contracting strategies
  • Development and implementation of the program schedule
  • Determination of cash flow requirements and projections
  • Review of proposed funding strategies
  • Creation of project delivery and construction management processes
  • Coordination of development and maintenance of comprehensive quality control plan
  • Development of processes for selection and award of contracts
  • Creation of standard templates for program reporting to regulatory agencies in accordance with Consent Decree requirements
  • Development of processes for management of records and data

Other services will include technical coordination as the department prepares to implement the overflow control measures contained in the OCP. Primary tasks will include assistance with implementing the long-term flow monitoring and water quality monitoring programs, implementation of green solutions projects, development of standard operating and design procedures for sewer system assessment and rehabilitation for the I/I rehabilitation program, sewer system modeling and preparation of preliminary designs for early action projects.