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That green dye in the river? It's non-toxic, according to city officials

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-23 09:32:52-04

WAUWATOSA -- Though it's a distinct shade of neon green and may look concerning, city officials in Wauwatosa want you to know that dye you may have seen pouring into the river is non-toxic.

A video posted earlier this week on Facebook depicting the green dye emptying into the Menomonee River has racked up nearly 200,000 views, but there's no need for concern. 

City Engineer Bill Whirly told TODAY'S TMJ4 the city is dumping the dye in storm drains to detect areas where there are cracks and leaks. Once identified by the dye, those areas can be repaired.

The process will be ongoing for the next several weeks, so don't be surprised if you see the bright color in a storm drain near you.