Town raises stink over Tyrrell sewage odour

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The Town of Drumheller is lob­by­ing Al­berta In­fras­truc­ture to take ac­tion on an odour is­sue em­a­nat­ing from the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s sewage sys­tem and af­fect­ing res­i­dents in south­west Drumheller.

In a let­ter to the min­is­ter, Mayor Terry Ye­men said he was “dis­ap­pointed” with the re­sponse re­ceived from Al­berta Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Ri­cardo Mi­randa, in what he called “the prov­ince’s lack of ac­tion” in at­tempt­ing to re­solve the is­sue, which has been iden­ti­fied as the re­sult of waste­water in pip­ing.

Mon­i­tor­ing from the prov­ince shows the level of hy­dro

gen sul­fide built up in the pip­ing ex­ceeds ac­cept­able lim­its and has been af­fect­ing resi- dents near 4 Av­enue SW.

“The odour is very prob­lem­atic for our res­i­dents in the area and they have not been able to en­joy their prop­er­ties at cer­tain times through­out the year,” Mayor Ye­men said.

In the let­ter, the town sug­gests a so­lu­tion to the ongo- ing prob­lem could in­volve con­vert­ing the hold­ing tank at the lo­ca­tion to a lift sta­tion, or try­ing new equip­ment called a “Lit­tle John Digester” that is de­signed to re­duce fats, oils, and grease in lift sta­tions to re­duce odours. The town is lob­by­ing the prov­ince to pro­vide the nec­es­sary re­sources to de­velop a so­lu­tion. Mayor Ye­men, CAO Ray Ro­manetz, and coun­cil­lor Jay Gar­butt had met with in­fras­truc­ture min­is­ter Brian Ma­son in early March and were of the un­der­stand­ing that the min­is­ter would pro- vide the re­quired re­sources.

“This is clearly a pro­vin­cial is­sue and we re­quire gov­ern­ment ac­tion to re­solve this se­ri­ous prob­lem that has gone on for far too long and it needs to be dealt with now,” Ye­men said in his let­ter to the min­is­ter.

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The town is lob­by­ing both Al­berta In­fras­truc­ture and Cul­ture and Tourism to re­solve an odour prob­lem that is orig­i­nat­ing with the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum’s sewage sys­tem.

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