Town raises stink over Tyrrell sewage odour
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.
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.