City flushes old sewage ideas

City flushes old sewage ideas

Utility director takes Durango toward state compliance
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About 300,000 gallons of raw sewage leaked into the Animas River in July 2011. The city did not have an emergency response plan at the time, but it does now.
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Durango Utilities Director Steve Salka installed a monitoring system at the wastewater-treatment plant. It is so new that sticky notes were needed to describe the different control functions.
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John Sandhaus, superintendent of the city’s wastewater-treatment plant, works underneath a tarp he uses to keep water from dripping onto his desk during wet weather. The plant’s roof is supposed to be replaced this spring.
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The city plans to replace broken glass panels at the wastewater-treatment plant and paint the facility a new earth-tone color to blend in with the surroundings of Santa Rita Park.
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In this series

Today: Durango plans upgrades to get into compliance for sewage spills and prevent future disasters.

Monday: City crews hustle to plug deteriorating pipes bursting in frigid temperatures.

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