Williams to install system to clean groundwater

DENVER - The company that runs the pipeline leaking hydrocarbons into the ground near Parachute Creek plans to install a treatment system to purify all the contaminated groundwater.

About 180,000 gallons of tainted water have been vacuumed up since the liquid hydrocarbon seep was discovered near the Williams gas company's processing plant.

One of the main contaminants in the groundwater is benzene, according to a spokesman for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The new treatment system will separate benzene and other hydrocarbons from the water.

The treated water will be tested to ensure it meets the standards of the state health department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If it does, it will be returned to the aquifer.

Williams expects to begin running the system this month.

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