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BOULDER - It wasn't the fount of knowledge spilling out of the Boulder Public Library and into Boulder Creek, it was the sewage system.
A backup in the bathrooms caused an estimated 250 to 300 gallons of raw sewage to seep into the creek Tuesday afternoon, according to the library. New equipment and controls had recently been installed in the pump room, which flooded around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
"The sewage water that did reach the creek was washed away in creek water," according to a statement from the city of Boulder. "The remainder on land was immediately cleaned up."
The city says the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has been consulted and is notifying downstream water users.
In a written release, the city said it is "investigating for potential discharge violations." A city staffer is researching a reporter's request for more information on how the city would go about fining itself for a violation.
By Wednesday afternoon, there were no visible signs of the previous day's sewage spill. A woman and her young son played along the banks of the creek next to the library. A few paces upstream, a fly fisherman cast a line....I smell a Foul!!!
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