On the incident report, this is the information given on the volume of sewage flowing into the river: DUE TO AN INVERTED SIPHON FAILING AT THE ABOVE LISTED LOCATION, WASTEWATER HAS BEEN
RELEASED. INITIAL ESTIMATED OF THE RELEASE WERE 10 GALLONS PER MINUTE. THAT HAS DECLINED TO
3 GALLONS PER MINUTE. VOLUME OF THE RELEASE HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED.
In the Herald article, this is the information:
The sewage trucks, each with a 4,000-gallon tank, were in overdrive Monday to keep further waste from seeping into the water.
“I've made 15 to 18 trips to empty the tank since I got here at 4:30 a.m.,” said Ball Septic owner Steve Basye at around 10 a.m Monday morning.
Jason Strain from city Public Works said, “I've made about 17 runs to empty my truck since I got here about the same time.”
I did the math - assuming 17 trips for both 4,000 gallon tanks (8,000 gallons x17 =136,000 gallons) in 5.5 hours (330 minutes), that's 136,000/330 =
412.121212 gallons a minute. Durango needs some new city engineers!