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?.


July 10 Cover 100pixThis 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!

 

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Posted July 19, 2010
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. 

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Summer Breeze with Odor Control Makes Everyone Feel Fine

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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?.


July 10 Cover 100pixThis 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!

 

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Raymond C. Porter is a senior air quality meteorologist at CH2M HILL with over 30 years of air quality modeling, permitting, and ambient air monitoring experience. He has directed the study of odors and toxic air emissions from over 30 WTP and WWTP facilities, and prepared air quality permits and air quality compliance demonstrations from over 12 waste-to-energy plants, compost facilities, and landfills.  He is chair of WEF’s Air and Odor Control Committee and a contributing author to several WEF manuals of practice.  Raymond has an M.S. in Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Meteorology from University of Lowell.


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