SUFFOLK (AP) -- State environmental officials are fining Portsmouth for turning the waters of its public reservoir in Suffolk pink.

Lake Meade turned the unusual hue last June after Portsmouth officials illegally discharged about 600,000 gallons of water loaded with a chemical that made the reservoir go pink.

None of the tainted drinking water reached any taps of the three cities that draw from Lake Meade. The three are Portsmouth, Suffolk or Chesapeake.

The Virginian Pilot reports that the state Department of Environmental Quality is seeking $6,825 in fines from Portsmouth and assurances the city will not let it happen again.

The city said it already has addressed the problem.

The chemical released into the water is commonly used by industrial facilities such as water treatment plants to remove contaminants.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

AP-WF-02-15-13 1025GMT

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