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Crews Corral Small Chemical Spill From Water Treatment Facility In Ventura County

A problem with an outlet pipe is being blamed for a chemical discharge into a barranca from a South Coast water treatment facility.

City of Ventura officials say Ventura Water Department works making a routine inspection discovered a chemical flow coming from the Saticoy Water Conditioning facility in Saticoy around 9:30 yesterday morning. About 400 gallons of phosphate, which is used to prevent corrosion in pipelines, was found in the barranca near Telephone and Wells Roads.

A dirt berm was used to stop the chemical’s flow. Officials say the spill doesn’t pose a health risk. Crews worked to pump out the barranca yesterday, and will conduct a flushing operation today.

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