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NJ Creek runs red after dye dumped in water system

A creek in southern New Jersey turned red in an eerie scene after a food coloring mishap at a beverage plant on Tuesday.

Part of Pennsauken Creek in the township of Evesham turned bright red after TopPop Packaging Co. dumped the dye into the city’s sewage treatment system, officials told WPVI.

Local resident Fred Schwartz told the station it looked “like someone dumped 500 gallons of red paint” into the creek.

According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the dye is not hazardous.

“To get into our sewage treatment system, it would have had to be discharged either into a toilet or into a drain that’s connected to the sewage system,” said Frank Locantore, director of human resources, safety and security at Evesham Municipal Supply Authority.

Pennsauken Creek appears bright red after paint crash
Pennsauken Creek in the township of Evesham turned bright red after a beverage company dumped dye into the sewage treatment system
WPVI TV
The food coloring turned part of the creek red, officials said.
Officials said the dye was not dangerous.
WPVI TV

The red dye should disappear within 24 to 48 hours, according to the city’s supply agency. They still plan to test the water to confirm only dye was discharged into the creek.

https://nypost.com/2022/08/03/nj-creek-runs-red-after-dye-dumped-into-water-system/ NJ Creek runs red after dye dumped in water system

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