Water company says water burn caused by water treatment is under investigation

Water burn caused when a water treatment system was operating on a wastewater treatment plant in Colorado was being monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency, and the water treatment plant’s operator was not aware that it was being investigated by federal investigators, a company spokesman said Monday.

The Environmental Protection Bureau has launched an investigation into a February incident at a facility owned by water company Nalco that resulted in the loss of more than 5,000 acre-feet of water and damaged the water distribution system, the spokesman said.

The EPA is reviewing records from the incident and working with Nalca, the company spokesman, Jim Mankiewicz, said.

The water treatment company, which is part of Elga, was not immediately available for comment.

The Elga water plant in northwest Colorado has operated since 1986, but was closed last year to make way for the construction of a new water treatment facility.

The company said it would not comment further.