New at­tempt to sup­press stench from sewage works

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

New tech­nol­ogy has been in­stalled at sewage works in Ken­ning­ton in a bid to com­bat the bad smell in the area.

Odour sup­pres­sion sys­tems have been put in place to try and re­duce the stench.

The pro­cess­ing tanks at the Kin­neys Lane works are cov­ered and a sup­pres­sion sys­tem is used to process the ma­jor­ity of odour cre­ated on the site and elim­i­nate it as much as pos­si­ble.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents, the smell is not im­prov­ing.

Ken­ning­ton res­i­dent and lo­cal his­to­rian Steve Sal­ter, who has been liv­ing in the area since 1977, said: “The smells com­ing from that area are pun­gent and it’s been there for at least a month.

“The sewage works have been there since the 1960s so you would have thought they would have worked it out by now but there seems to be a pat­tern that when­ever we get warm weather we get bad smells in the area.

“It was so vile the other day it ac­tu­ally made me heave. Words can’t de­scribe it,” he added.

“It smells like some­thing is de­com­pos­ing, I can’t sit out in my gar­den be­cause it’s that bad.”

A spokes­woman from South­ern Wa­ter said: “Un­for­tu­nately, there will al­ways be some odours as­so­ci­ated with the wastewater treat­ment process, how­ever hard we try to min­imise the im­pact on nearby res­i­dents.

“There are a num­ber of rea­sons why odours from a wastewater treat­ment works may change in­clud­ing, for ex­am­ple, dry, warm weather or a change of wind di­rec­tion and/or strength.

“Odour lev­els are strictly reg­u­lated by the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and we have been work­ing closely with them on this is­sue.

“In or­der to help fur­ther re­duce any po­ten­tial im­pact on our cus­tomers, we have just fin­ished in­stalling new odour sup­pres­sion sys­tems at key points around the site to help min­imise odours through­out the year. We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion closely.

“We un­der­stand that odours from our treat­ment works can be un­pleas­ant for nearby res­i­dents, so we try very hard to min­imise their im­pact.”

Ken­ning­ton res­i­dent Steve Sal­ter

South­ern Wa­ter odour con­trol sys­tems in ac­tion

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