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Dec 5, 2009 1:07 PM by Associated Press

Sewage spills into Arkansas River at Pueblo

More than 300,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Arkansas River after a malfunction at a wastewater treatment plant in Pueblo.

The spill Thursday happened about a mile east of the confluence of Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River. Officials have tested the water but won't know the extent of the pollution until next week.

It's the second spill since 2007 at the James DiIorio Wastewater Reclamation plant. Pueblo officials say the plant is aging, but the city can't afford upgrades.

The city has applied for federal stimulus money to make upgrades at the wastewater facility. But so far Pueblo has not been awarded enough money to pay for $4 million worth of needed upgrades.

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