Coun­cil quizzed on wa­ter plant odours

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

THE coun­cil has ad­dressed on­go­ing odour is­sues com­ing from the Swords Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Plant.

An­swer­ing a ques­tion on the is­sue from Cllr Justin Sin­nott (NP), the coun­cil re­ported: ‘Due to the na­ture of the ac­tiv­ity un­der­taken at Swords Waste Wa­ter Treat­ment Fa­cil­i­ties, in­ter­mit­tent odour re­lease is an un­avoid­able con­se­quence of such an oper­a­tion. Odours can be caused by the de­com­po­si­tion of var­i­ous frac­tions of the or­ganic mat­ter present in the waste­water.

‘Given that the mat­ter supplied to the plant comes from the net­works, this is­sue can oc­cur in ei­ther the source lines or within the process in the plant it­self. As the mat­ter and the vol­umes vary the process can there­fore change quite sig­nif­i­cantly. This cou­pled with the many mov­ing parts within a plant which re­quire reg­u­lar main­te­nance and in­deed re­pair upon break­down or fail­ure are all items which can have an ad­verse ef­fect on the process, thus caus­ing odour re­lease. All mea­sures avail­able to FCC to com­bat odour re­lease in­clud­ing odour con­trol units and de­odor­is­ing units are em­ployed through­out the site.’

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