Dye to be poured into stormwater sewers at MU

Friday, September 20, 2013 | 7:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A dye being poured into the sewers near MU's Swallow Hall could mean a yellow discharge turns up in a small part of Flat Branch.

MU spokesperson Christian Basi said the dye will be poured to track whether MU had mapped stormwater drainage systems correctly. This check is one of the steps to prepare the area for Renew Mizzou, construction projects surrounding Pickard, Swallow and Jesse halls beginning in the spring.

The dye, named Uranine, is safe to human and aquatic life and is approved by the Department of Natural Resources, Basi said. It will dissipate into the water, but it may show up in Flat Branch. 

Basi said it is highly unlikely the dye will get into drinking water.  The amount of time the dye stays in the water depends on how much is used and how many times the test must be done to get accurate results.

"We always have used the minimum amount of dye," Basi said. "It all depends on the test."

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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