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Alarming lime-green water in UCSD drainage ditch

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Over the weekend a CBS News 8 viewer spotted a bright green liquid flowing through a drainage on the UC San Diego campus and sent in video to have the situation further investigated.

Laura Margoni of UC San Diego said there was a "chilled water leak" on campus over the weekend and the green goo was a result of a leak in a pipe of the school's chiller system that keeps all the buildings cool.

Once the leak was detected, campus crews began the cleanup process, but missed a spot, according to Margoni.

The impacted water was located by the Sanford Consortium for UC San Diego's stem cell program off North Torrey Pines Road.

"It's non-hazardous, and it is a bright green color that looks a little scary. It's a dye called Uranine that is that bright fluorescent green color precisely so when a leak like this happens you know and can spot it right away because you can miss that color."

UC San Diego's emergency response and the National Response Corporation's environmental team worked on clearing out the green goo and laid out pumps to vacuum up each drop.

The green dye was not toxic and has since then been cleaned up.

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