City of Hamilton working to address ‘odour’ coming from wastewater treatment plant

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Published November 12, 2021 at 5:08 pm

The City of Hamilton issued a statement Friday (Nov. 12) regarding reports of an unpleasant odour emanating from the Biosolids Management Facility at the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant. (Photo credit: Ward 8 Councillor John-Paul Danko)

The City of Hamilton issued a statement Friday (Nov. 12) regarding reports of an unpleasant odour emanating from the Biosolids Management Facility at the Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The City says it, along with the operator of the Biosolids facility, Synagro, submitted an action plan to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation & Parks outlining plans to address odours at the facility.

The action plan, which was created by Synagro, includes a gap analysis and outlines several areas for improvement, including:

  • Updates to their Odour Management Plan and complaint investigation process
  • Modifications to current processes around truck loading/material handling to minimize odours
  • Improved maintenance of critical equipment
  • Evaluation of ventilation system
  • Various housekeeping improvements

All actions are planned to be completed prior to the end of 2021.

In an official statement, the City says it “takes the issue of air quality and the concerns of areas residents very seriously and will take all appropriate steps to address this issue.”

In addition to Synagro’s commitments, the City says it will be conducting a third-party property-wide odour assessment in early 2022 to ensure the remedial actions taken by Synagro have resolved odour impacts for surrounding neighbours.

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