Backlog gives Durango reprieve from wastewater quality deadline

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Backlog gives Durango reprieve from wastewater quality deadline

City says it could not have applied for an extension
The city of Durango started work on the Santa Rita Water Reclamation plant near U.S. Highway 550/160 last year. There are 11 structures under construction, including the aeration basins. The basins are needed to remove nutrients, such a phosphorus, from the water. Nutrients contribute to harmful algae blooms.

Backlog gives Durango reprieve from wastewater quality deadline

The city of Durango started work on the Santa Rita Water Reclamation plant near U.S. Highway 550/160 last year. There are 11 structures under construction, including the aeration basins. The basins are needed to remove nutrients, such a phosphorus, from the water. Nutrients contribute to harmful algae blooms.

Backlog gives Durango reprieve from wastewater quality deadline

An algae bloom in September 2017 turned the Animas River a fluorescent green a few miles south of Durango, just below a wastewater treatment plant. Algae blooms can occur with abundant nutrients, low water flow and warm temperatures.

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