A portion of the Pennsauken Creek in South Jersey turned red Tuesday after food dye was improperly released into it, officials said. But, they assured the public, the dye was not hazardous.
The stretch of affected water was in the south branch of the creek near the Woodstream Waste Water Treatment Plant in Evesham, the Evesham Municipal Utilities Authority said.
An investigation by the utilities authority found that a nearby beverage manufacturer improperly dumped red dye into the waste water system, officials said. The substance is not hazardous, according to federal OSHA standards, and does not pose a risk to public health, the authority said.
Local officials declined to immediately identify which company released the dye or say if the company would face consequences related to the incident.
The utilities authority has notified the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for further action, officials said.
A DEP spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.
The red color could be seen flowing in the creek in Cherry Hill Tuesday afternoon.
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