Dyed water may result from sewer tests

Dyed water may be spotted in the Des Moines River and other waterways as a result of testing to be done on storm sewers in Fort Dodge.

The test involves plugging storm sewers and filling them with dyed water, according to an announcement from McClure Engineering Co., of Fort Dodge, which is conducting the tests. During the test, cameras are placed in sanitary sewers to see if any of the dyed water is seeping into them.

Once the test is over, the storm sewers will be unplugged and the dyed water will eventually flow into the river.

The test will only occur in selected locations, It will be done between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The dye is biodegradable and has been approved for use by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, according to the announcement from McClure Engineering Co.

Anyone with questions about the testing should call McClure Engineering Co. at 964-1229 or the city’s engineering office at 576-3601.