Colo. Prison Sewage Seeped into Local River

Raw sewage from a Colorado prison complex has seeped into the Arkansas River and officials are still trying to determine the cause of the spill.
by | December 15, 2011

Raw sewage from a Colorado prison complex has seeped into the Arkansas River, reports The Canon City Daily Record, and officials are still trying to determine the cause of the spill.

Workers from the state Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Fremont Sanitation District discovered a sewer line blockage on the grounds of the East Canon City Prison Complex in Canon City, Colo. on Tuesday. They don't yet know the cause of the blockage, but they have determined that it was caused between 7 and 8 a.m. on Sunday morning.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment notified officials from the city of Florence, located just downstream from the prison complex, but were told that the city has not been drawing water from the river. The department is now sampling the water to test toxicity, but for now, it is asking people to stay out of the water.

The blockage occured when a foreign object jammed the sewer line, DOC officials told The Denver Post, and they're still investigating how it happened. The sewer serves about 2,000 male inmates in the complex, which includes three prisons.

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