The purpose of the system is to treat and reduce heavy metals emitted from the Gold King Mine complex. Right now the EPA is collecting wastewater in ponds, treating it, and releasing into the Animas River.
“This is more of a system to capture the total volume to carry it through the winter," said Mathy Stanislaus with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The subcontract for treatment includes $1.78 million for mobilization and system install, and $20,000 per week for operations. The system will treat about 550 gallons of water per minute.