For Immediate Release February 6, 2012
Staff Contact: Bill Powell, PWNR,
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Longmont to Conduct Dye Test on Wastewater Treatment Plant and St. Vrain Creek
FEBRUARY 6, 2012 - Beginning on Feb. 7 the City of Longmont will begin a study to determine how the effluent water from the City’s wastewater treatment plant mixes with the water in St Vrain Creek. The purpose of the study will assist the City in evaluating the extent of the influence of the wastewater treatment plant on the creek. The study will collect data that will assist the City in meeting the requirements of the wastewater treatment plant discharge permit.
The study will involve injecting a red dye (Rhodamine WT) into the treatment plant effluent and monitoring the concentrations of dye at several locations downstream of the plant. The red dye may be visible as a red tint in the creek. Residents should not be alarmed by the dye. The dye is considered harmless and is often used in studies of this nature. The initial testing will begin on Feb. 7 and will conclude on Feb. 9. In the event of inclement weather, the study will be postponed and moved to the week of Feb. 12.
For more information on this project please contact Kevin Boden, Environmental Project Specialist at 303-774-4516, or email at email@example.com.