2019-07-10

Foul smell prompts special meeting



LIGHTHOUSENOW STAFF

The Region of Queens Municipality will host a special evening meeting July 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the region's council chambers on White Point Road to discuss the pungent odour coming from the wetlands on Hank Snow Drive.

The meeting was prompted by the outpouring of questions from residents who have dealt with the odour for the last month.

RQM released an update July 5 in regards to the work they have done and the plan going forward.

It states that RQM staff have been diligently working to find the cause of the odour. Among other work, they have flushed sewage lines and skimmed the surface of the primary cell of the treatment plant to remove any fats or oils which could potentially generate an odour.

The Municipal Sewage Treatment facility, located on Hank Snow Drive continues to meet all regulatory effluent requirements, according to the update.

Staff have narrowed down the cause of the odour, suspected to be coming from the marsh area located behind the businesses on the seaward side of Bristol Avenue and Highway 3 to Brooklyn.

An expert has been consulted and advised staff that although the dredge cycle for sludge in the lagoons was projected to be between 25 to 30 years, and de-sludging would be premature, the update states that it may be beneficial to go ahead and de-sludge the primary cell in view of the recent odour.

A recommendation will be taken to the July 9 council meeting to approve the hiring of a contractor, at the earliest opportunity, to perform this de-sludging process. The estimated cost for the work will be $150,000 and may take two weeks to complete.

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