One-man sewer remediation project

On orders from the EPA, Kansas City must replace old sewer pipes and take other measures to keep rivers and streams from filling with unsafe levels of poop every time it rains. With a potential price tag of $3 billion, the city is looking for cheaper, greener solutions in an effort to reduce the amount of concrete needed to complete the project.

Residents can do their part for clean water by installing rain barrels and planting rain gardens. Motivated initially by self-interest, I’ve become a nerd for the cause.

A spring rain storm got the project moving. One morning spent with a Shop-Vac convinced me that steps needed to be taken. Our property is shaped in such a way that water likes to show up at the door of our walk-out basement. So I bought a rain barrel from the Prairie & Wetland Center in Belton.

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