Summer Breeze with Odor Control Makes Everyone Feel Fine
Posted July 19, 2010
By Ray Porter, CH2M Hill
Here we are in the middle of July, when thousands of families like to sit outside and enjoy those warm dusky summer evenings. Kids are playing on the grass, the grills are fired up, and smells of barbecue and bug spray are wafting on the breeze. And that’s about all that should be wafting from a wastewater treatment perspective. As managers and operators of wastewater treatment facilities, we strive to be good neighbors and definitely don’t want these and other summer gatherings and recreational events disrupted by odors from our plants.
WEF’s Air Quality and Odor Control Committee, which is my privilege to chair, has most recently helped water quality professionals tackle this issue with an expanded odor control section in MOP 8, Design of Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants. Looking ahead at WEFTEC, we are putting together a Saturday workshop on odor sampling covering the latest methods, technology, and approaches called Do You Know the Standard Procedures for Collecting and Evaluating Odors?.
This month’s WE&T takes a look at how a new plant in Canada successfully controls odors without a single complaint from its neighbors. Check out “Out of Nose, Out of Mind” (link) and come see us in New Orleans!