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River in Spain turns a bright shade of green

Posted on Wednesday, 8 March, 2017 | Comment icon 7 comments
Residents were left perplexed this week when the waters of Spain's Valira River turned a strange color.
The river, which flows down the Pyrennes Mountains and empties in to the Segre River near Seu d'Urgell, looked like it had been subjected to a toxic spill, prompting concern from locals.

As it turns out however, the disconcerting green coloration of the water was actually the result of a special dye that had been deliberately added to the river as part of an investigation at a nearby water bottling plant.

According to Albert Batalla, the mayor of Seu d'Urgell, the dye was "entirely harmless, non-toxic and biodegradable." Andorra's Ministry of Health also stepped in to reassure those living nearby by stating that the dye was "safe for both people and the environment."

Source: USA Today | Comments (7)

Tags: Spain, Valira

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by glorybebe on 7 March, 2017, 20:18
I really don't understand dying a river. as long as it isn't toxic and does not kill any plants or animals.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Parsec on 8 March, 2017, 19:39
If the healt ministry says so, that's surely true. If it was deliberate and planned, did they inform people before or after releasing the dye?
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 8 March, 2017, 19:48
Tracer dyes are usually considered GRAS. The dyes also usually fluoresce under a UV light. The dye used might of been fluorescein. It's a highly fluorescent yellow dye that appears green in solution. This is the same eye that's in the drops an eye doctor uses to check your eye pressure.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Sundew on 9 March, 2017, 3:00
They better watch out, it looks like that river was contaminated with Dihydrogen monoxide!
Comment icon #5 Posted by godnodog on 9 March, 2017, 19:58
I once drank Dihydrogen monoxide....I died
Comment icon #6 Posted by XClashGames on 9 March, 2017, 20:21
Right quit it with the DiHydrogen Monoxide joke, everyone knows that DHMO is water.
Comment icon #7 Posted by LucidElement on 13 March, 2017, 3:01
Right in time for st. Pattys day lol.

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