Three Million Gallons of Contaminated Water Turns River Orange in Colorado

The spill into the Animas River has lead and arsenic in it, the EPA says.

The contaminated water contains heavy metals, including lead and arsenic, turning the river water into a murky orange and yellow color, ABC affiliate KMGH reported.

There is no timetable yet for cleaning up the spill, Hickenlooper said, also adding that it’s also too early to determine who should be held accountable.

The water will continue to flow through the San Juan National Forest, where the San Juan River will carry the contaminated water through Utah and eventually into Lake Powell, experts said.

It’s expected to reach Lake Powell by Wednesday, experts said.