Grand Junction turns river green to test new equipment

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Normally, no one wants a river turning green, but Monday, the City of Grand Junction was hoping to do just that.

It was to test their diffuser project. Basically, the city had to get up to current environmental standards to flush treated water into the river. The diffuser slowly lets water out into the Colorado, instead of all at once.

Monday, the water was dyed green to see if the treated water was flowing out right.

“Theoretically, because of the high flow in the river right now, that dye will mix with the river water, and it'll get diluted downstream,” said Randi Kim, Utilities director City of Grand Junction.

It was tough to see because the river was pretty muddy, looking closely, the green could be seen. It was a dye the city said was safe for life in the river. The diffuser cost more than $5 million to build.

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