Why a quarry in Hellam Township looks reddish in the spring

Why has a quarry in Hellam Township turned reddish?

That’s what Janett Wilson recently wondered on the York Daily Record/Sunday News Facebook page. She wrote that it has been that way for about two weeks.

“I don’t think I’ve seen it this color EVER … maybe I wasn’t paying attention?” she wrote.

The color comes from an algae bloom that happens every year, said Jeffrey Hines, president and chief executive officer of the York Water Company.

As the water temperature warms up, it will fade away and become clear, he said.

“It’s a natural occurrence,” Hines said.

The color varies from year to year, he said. But it’s in the range of normal.

York Water Company does not use water from the quarry for the water supply, Hines added.

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