City: Diesel fuel leaked into Santa Fe reservoir

September 22, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Officials say a small amount of diesel fuel has leaked into one of Santa Fe’s municipal reservoirs.

Water utility director Nick Schiavo told the Santa Fe New Mexican ( that [auth] city water staff and the city contractor responsible for the spill worked to clean it up Friday and Saturday.

RMCI, a contractor hired by the city to take down an old water intake tower in the Nichols Reservoir and build a new one, had been draining water from Nichols into the Santa Fe River since early September before beginning demolition of the old tower.

The contractor brought in a diesel-powered pump to suck out the remaining water and pipe it into the river. But a line running from a 50-gallon barrel of diesel fuel near the reservoir began leaking.

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