City: Diesel fuel leaked into Santa Fe reservoir

Created: 09/22/2013 11:13 AM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Officials say a small amount of diesel fuel has leaked into one of Santa Fe's municipal reservoirs.
Water utility director Nick Schiavo told the Santa Fe New Mexican  that city water staff and the city contractor responsible for the spill worked to clean it up Friday and Saturday.
RMCI, a contractor hired by the city to take down an old water intake tower in the Nichols Reservoir and build a new one, had been draining water from Nichols into the Santa Fe River since early September before beginning demolition of the old tower.
The contractor brought in a diesel-powered pump to suck out the remaining water and pipe it into the river.

But a line running from a 50-gallon barrel of diesel fuel near the reservoir began leaking.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,

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