Pipe leak forcing sewage into Missouri River By MARK WIEBE The Kansas City Star Repairs to a leaking sewage pipe is forcing Wyandotte Countys Unified Government to allow raw sewage to flow into the Missouri River today. As a result, the Unified Government has advised people to avoid contact with the river in the Kansas City area downstream from the Fairfax sewage pump station, which is on the river east of Kaw Point in the west bottoms. The government also advised pet and livestock owners to prevent animals from drinking or entering the water. Its going to dissipate pretty quickly as it goes downstream, so the danger is not going to be around for long, said Unified Government spokesman Mike Taylor. To make the repairs, the Unified Government must temporarily shut down the pump station. It expects to complete the repair and have the pump station back on later this evening. During that time, the government estimates that 1.5 million to 2 million gallons of raw sewage will be dumped into the Missouri. A news release said the government is working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to monitor the rivers condition. The release also said that the Kansas City areas drinking supply would not be affected. Taylor said the Unified Government discovered a leaking sewer main Thursday near 3rd Street and Minnesota Avenue. That leak is soaking the ground with 30 yards of the broken pipe.