Rain gardens alleviating excess rain problems

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Parts of Kansas City got soaked with four to six inches of rain on Tuesday after days of rainfall, which can create a strain on the city's waste water system.

Kansas City is the first city in the nation to use green solutions as part of its federally-mandated $4.5 billion, 25-year overflow control project.

In the Marlborough neighborhood, Kansas City has spent $10 million to build green infrastructure to help control its 6 billion gallons a year overflow problem.

In one year's time, the city's water services department said it has seen a reduction in overflow in the Marlborough neighborhood by planting rain gardens.

The city added porous sidewalks there too, that absorb the water that would otherwise flow into the old sewer and water pipes.

By implementing solutions like new pipes, lining old pipes and building green infrastructure will cost KCMO water services customers. Water bills will increase by 13 percent each year for the next seven years. That means today's average water bill will rise from $93.64 to an average of $190.60 by the year 2020.

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