Newark area streams turned green from University of Delaware leak

Streams around Newark near the University of Delaware turned green Tuesday, but it’s not a St. Patrick’s Day stunt.

A University spokesperson says a leak at Purnell on the campus was being traced with a corrosion inhibitor and a non-toxic green dye in order to find the source.  Unfortunately, 500 gallons of it spilled out into nearby streams.

Donna O’Brien, university spokesperson, says the dye is not harmful to humans or the environment.  The broken pipe has been repaired and the treated water is no longer leaking into the storm water system.

The city of Newark reports the fluorescent water could be seen in stream flowing through Phillips Park.  

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Our NewsWorks correspondent found the area of the green water.  If it were two weeks later it might look like a St. Patrick’s celebration was about to take place. 

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