3 million, not 1 million, gallons of contaminated water rushed from mine, EPA says

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3 million, not 1 million, gallons of contaminated water rushed from mine, EPA says

City, county declare state of local emergency
The Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday tripled its estimate of how much mine waste was released from the Gold King Mine from 1 million to 3 million gallons.
An aerial view of the abandoned Gold King Mine, where 3 million gallons of polluted water was accidentally released Wednesday by a mining and safety team investigating contamination.
Lena Wright with Lockheed Martin Seras, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, samples contaminated water Sunday in the Animas River at the 32nd Street Bridge.
Peter Stevenson, on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency, walks Sunday next to the contaminated waters of the Animas River at the 32nd Street Bridge to observe water testing underway.
More than 500 residents showed up Sunday at Miller Middle School, where officials with the Environmental Protection Agency gave an update on pollution in the Animas River after a blowout Wednesday at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County.
Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald

Residents lined up Wednesday night at Miller Middle School to ask questions of Environmental Protection Agency officials.
The water took on a greenish hue Sunday at Bakers Bridge, a marked difference from Thursday morning when the Animas River turned mustard-yellow after a contaminated spill at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County.
What you need to know

1. Is the Animas River still closed?
Yes. La Plata County Sean Sheriff renews plea for people to heed closure.
2. Does the city have enough water to supply its customers?
Yes. But the city is asking residents to conserve as much as possible.
3. Is contaminated water still flowing from Gold King Mine?
Yes, at a rate of about 550 gallons per minute.
4. who do I call for questions or to get help?
La Plata County has set up a call center. Call 385-8700.

How you can help save water

Durango water users arere being asked to reduce water usage with these tips:
Yard use: Sixty percent of the average household’s water use occurs outside. Discontinue outside watering until further notice from the city.
Shorten showers: Turn off the shower to lather up and back on to rinse off.
Put a brick on it: Displace water in older toilets with a brick to reduce the amount it takes to flush.
Check your load: Twenty-two percent of indoor home water use comes from doing laundry. Adjust your machine for proper load size.
In the kitchen: Wash dishes by hand or make sure to run a full load in the dishwasher.

3 million, not 1 million, gallons of contaminated water rushed from mine, EPA says

The Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday tripled its estimate of how much mine waste was released from the Gold King Mine from 1 million to 3 million gallons.
An aerial view of the abandoned Gold King Mine, where 3 million gallons of polluted water was accidentally released Wednesday by a mining and safety team investigating contamination.
Lena Wright with Lockheed Martin Seras, a contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency, samples contaminated water Sunday in the Animas River at the 32nd Street Bridge.
Peter Stevenson, on-scene coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency, walks Sunday next to the contaminated waters of the Animas River at the 32nd Street Bridge to observe water testing underway.
More than 500 residents showed up Sunday at Miller Middle School, where officials with the Environmental Protection Agency gave an update on pollution in the Animas River after a blowout Wednesday at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County.
Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald

Residents lined up Wednesday night at Miller Middle School to ask questions of Environmental Protection Agency officials.
The water took on a greenish hue Sunday at Bakers Bridge, a marked difference from Thursday morning when the Animas River turned mustard-yellow after a contaminated spill at the Gold King Mine in San Juan County.
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