he city of Aspen water department is switching from chlorine gas to liquid chlorine bleach, which officials say is a much safer substance to use in disinfecting drinking water. “Basically, our overall threat level has gone down from high ‘orange’ to a low ‘green’ based on the Homeland Security threat levels,” said Charles Bailey, treatment supervisor, in a city announcement of the change and reported in The Aspen Times. “This might seem like a pretty minor thing, but the water department had to go through a lot of training and work to make this happen. The community is safer as a result.”
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