City of Idaho Springs Staff discovered an accidental release of approximately 90,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater that was discharged into Clear Creek at around 10:30 this morning from the City's Wastewater Treatment Plant at 890 E. Idaho Springs Road (County Road 314). The Contamination was stopped as of noon today.
The incident was immediately reported by City Staff to personnel at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's 24 hour spill hotline. The Clear Creek Sheriff's Office was also notified and issued an alert to downstream users.
The City has initiated an internal investigation to determine the cause of the release and how it may have been prevented.