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Related performs work to solve odor problem at Viceroy Snowmass

Staff report

In response to the reports of odor and elevated levels of coliform discharging from the drain pipe located behind the Viceroy Snowmass Hotel, Snowmass Acquisition Co. has implemented a mitigation plan in conjunction with the Viceroy Snowmass, the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District and Mark Kittle, the chief building inspector of the town of Snowmass Village, the Base Village owner/developer announced on June 16.

Snowmass Acquisition worked with longtime local contractor Gould Construction to install a secondary oil/water separator on the garage drain line behind the Viceroy Snowmass, which will work with the primary separator inside the garage to ensure that no contaminants are discharged. The secondary separator will be serviced on a regular basis.

In addition, Viceroy Snowmass engineering staff will conduct a monthly flush of the garage drain system with 2,000 gallons of water under the observation of Snowmass Water and Sanitation District personnel to prevent organic matter from collecting in the drain system. While there has never been any evidence of a sanitary sewer cross-connection into the garage drain system, the odor and elevated coliform levels require mitigation. Snowmass Acquisition and the water district are confident that the secondary separator and monthly flushing program will cure the odor and coliform issue going forward, according to a statement.

On June 4, Roto-Rooter performed a flush of the garage oil/separator for the Viceroy Snowmass engineering team using a flushing system and a camera to ensure the quality of the work. Christy Duckett and Sue Taylor of the water district were on site for the flushing and took samples of the discharge at the beginning, middle and end of the flush. They observed that the garage primary separator and the newly installed secondary separator were performing as designed and no oil or petroleum was found in the discharge.

The Snowmass Water and Sanitation District tested the samples for total coliform and E-coli. Total coliform is found naturally in the environment and was present in the samples. E-coli was also present in the samples and may be a result of the flushing procedure.

Related Colorado and the Viceroy Snowmass are committed to monthly flushing and additional monitoring of the separator systems to fully mitigate any remaining E-coli, the statement said. The results of the samples and any additional procedures by Related Colorado and the Viceroy Snowmass engineering staff will be communicated to the town.


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