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11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 2500, Olathe, Kansas 66061

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wastewater department

Johnson County Wastewater is responsible for the safe collection, transportation, and treatment of wastewater generated by residential, industrial, and commercial customers. Johnson County Wastewater works to eliminate disease-causing bacteria and to protect the environment for human and aquatic life. Johnson County Wastewater's role is to ensure that our streams, rivers and lakes are free from disease-causing bacteria and viruses that are harmful to the public health.

Department News

Imagine a Day Without Water!
October 6, 2015

Imagine: Could you go a day without water? No water to drink or make coffee. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops.

From October 6 - 8 agencies across the country will join together to raise awareness about the most essential resource we have: Water. The Value of Water Coalition is hosting Imagine a Day Without Water, a national effort to educate and inspire people about the value of water, our most precious resource.

Many people take water service for granted. The average American uses 64,240 gallons of water each year. Clean, safe, reliable, and affordable water comes out of the tap and flows down the drain without a second thought. But the massive infrastructure, much of it underground, which brings water to homes and businesses, takes it away, and treats it, is aging.

A water main breaks somewhere in the U.S. every two minutes. Most pipes have an average life expectancy of 50 years, but in many major cities, water pipes are more than 100 years old. Communities cannot afford to go a day without water if those systems reach their breaking points.

The message is clear - water is essential, invaluable, and needs investment.

The problem is that water infrastructure and resources are at risk and this puts the nation at risk. With a growing national population and finite water supplies, we have long-term water supply challenges that must be addressed with new and creative strategies that meet current and future needs. There are a total of 68,873 drinking water and wastewater treatment systems in the U.S.

The solution is to make investment in water a top priority in order to ensure clean, safe water so all communities can thrive. According to the Society of Civil Engineers, a total of $4.8 trillion needs to be invested in the country’s water infrastructure over the next 20 years to maintain a state of good repair.

Facilities hidden in plain sight gain local attention
August 27, 2015

Fox 4 News localized this story that had gone viral with a feature about Johnson County Wastewater and the utility's pump stations which are "hidden in plain sight" in a couple of residential areas

Johnson County Wastewater receives national recognition
September 1, 2015

Each year the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes public wastewater facilities for outstanding compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits. This recognition program consists of Peak Performance Awards in three categories – Platinum, Gold, and Silver.

Johnson County Wastewater was recognized in July at the NACWA national conference held in Providence, RI for its outstanding compliance records in the 2014 calendar year and was presented with two Platinum Awards. In total, JCW earned six Peak Performance awards.

JCW received two Platinum Peak Performance Awards to honor treatment works that have completed at least five years of 100% complete and consistent National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit compliance.

The county’s Platinum Award recipients are:

  • The Mill Creek Regional Plant at 20001 West 47th Street in Shawnee for eight years of permit compliance, and
  • The Blue River Main Plant at 2523 West 151st Street in Overland Park for nine years of permit compliance.

Three JCW treatment facilities received the Gold Peak Performance Award which honors treatment works that have achieved 100% compliance with the NPDES permit for 2014.

The Gold Peak Performance Award honorees are:

  • Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Plant
  • New Century AirCenter Plant
  • Tomahawk Creek Plant

One treatment facility earned a Silver Peak Performance Award which recognize facilities that received no more than five NPDES permit violations in 2014.

Silver Peak Performance Award honoree is:

  • Myron K. Nelson Plant

 In 2014, Johnson County Wastewater had a 99.7 percent compliance rate with regard to NPDES discharge violations. Of a possible 2,237 violations, the department recorded seven violations for the year.

 “It is very difficult to achieve that level of compliance,” said John O’Neil, general manager for Johnson County Wastewater.


Your 2015 Johnson County Wastewater Bill
February 4, 2015

In 2015, a median JCW residential customer will be billed $65.39 bimonthly ($32.70 per month) to collect, transport, and treat about 9,000 gallons of wastewater. Customer user charges are the primary source of funding for these general activities.

More information about the 2015 rates.

Utility Assistance is Available
March 5, 2015

Financial assistance to promote safety and avoid utility disconnection is available to qualifying Johnson County households. Help may be provided with electric, water, propane, gas, wastewater, or wood bills. To apply, call 913-715-6653. Services are available by appointment only. More utility assistance information.