Sound Off

Sound Off: Why in warm or hot weather does it always smell like raw sewage between Sixth and Tennessee and Sixth and Kentucky when you’re sitting there at that stoplight? It smells like there’s a broken sewage line in that area, but it’s been going on for years.

Megan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager, provided this answer: The city does have a sewer line that runs between Tennessee and Kentucky on Sixth Street. Crews have checked the line, and it is intact and not in need of repair. Line maintenance crews clean this line once a month. There may be a sewage smell for a half an hour or so around the time that crews have cleaned it.


RoeDapple 5 years, 7 months ago

You're getting close to downtown. They say you get used to it.

5thgeneration 5 years, 7 months ago

There's a small pool of stagnant water right behind that brick building near the electrical substation. I'm pretty sure that's where the smell comes from.

royalpain 5 years, 7 months ago

You do know that the water treatment plant is just north of there, right?

nouseforaname 5 years, 7 months ago

KU owns their infrastructure, including water and sewer pipes. That's why KU's stuff doesn't show up on the city website - it's not city owned or maintained.

MADatLJW 5 years, 7 months ago

LarryNative, it's not coming from the river banks. It's coming from you, me, everybody. We're stinky people.

MADatLJW 5 years, 7 months ago

Oh wait...there's some city sanitation worker putting a green plastic cart out in my driveway right now. Great. Now the city is taking my waste out of both ends!

HutchSaltHawk 5 years, 7 months ago

We had a similar problem 2 weeks ago off 23rd and Mass. No one from the city can tell me what the cause of that issue was.

Carol Bowen 5 years, 7 months ago

It's a pump station. We have a similar problem. I don't know why the city denies the smell.

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