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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.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.