An advertisement that appeared in The Examiner on Tuesday received more attention than what one city had hoped.

An advertisement that appeared in The Examiner on Tuesday received more attention than what one city had hoped.

Kim Nakahodo, spokesperson for Blue Springs, said the city received more than 100 calls about the advertisement.

In it, a company called American Water Resources of Missouri informed readers that in January, “an important notice will be mailed to inform homeowners about your water service line responsibilities referenced in The Municipal Code of the City of Blue Springs.”

That paragraph has apparently caused quite a stir throughout the city, Nakahodo said.

“That’s where the misunderstanding is,” she said, adding that many callers believe the city will be mailing out the notice and/or providing water line insurance.

That is not the case.

“It’s an outside company, a private company,” Nakahodo said. “The city has no involvement in it in any way.”

Because of this, the city has been and will continue to direct callers to American Water Resources of Missouri, which enlists customers into the Water Line Protection Program.

The Examiner attempted to contact the company Wednesday but was unsuccessful. Nakahodo said that the company is legitimate, but in the past has only sent out mailers.

“This is the first time they’ve put out an advertisement in this way,” she said.

Nakahodo also said the city has not nor is it planning to change its municipal code regarding water service. “It’s the same code that’s been in place for some time,” she said.

Homeowners are responsible for maintaining and repairing the water lines that run from their homes to their water meters as referenced in the Municipal Code §700.070(E), according to the city.

If a leak or break occurs on this portion of the water line, the homeowner is responsible for the cost of repairs and water usage rates associated with the line break. The city is responsible for maintenance and repair of the water lines from the water meter to the water main.

Homeowners are urged to check their homeowner’s insurance policy for limitations on coverage.