£3M project to tackle odour from sewage works in Plymouth
Work has started on a £3M improvement scheme by South West Water to reduce odours from Camels Head Sewage Treatment Works.
The project will replace the site’s primary settlement tanks with new primary filtration technology.
Local councillors joined South West Water's Head of Wholesale Waste Recovery & Environmental Protection, Richard Gilpin, last week to ceremonially decommission the first primary settlement tank ready for replacement.
"Camels Head has a history of odour-related problems,” said Gilpin. “Improvements have been made over the years, but the site's primary settlement tanks remain the main source of the ongoing intermittent odour problems due to their age and outdated configuration.
"The tanks are part of the original treatment process and are now nearly 80 years old. They are challenging to operate and keep clean, as well as having a large surface area, all of which can contribute to odour issues.
"The project has presented some challenges because the existing site is surrounded on all sides and is fully developed within its boundaries, so there are no free areas available for further construction.
"We are confident that the new primary filtration technology will reduce the risk of odour from Camels Head."
Leader of Plymouth City Council Tudor Evans added: "There has been a long history of complaints about the smells at Camels Head and I'm really pleased that South West Water are starting these improvement works. I've been speaking to several residents myself about the issues around the smells and I know these works can't come soon enough for them. We have campaigned on this and I am delighted that South West Water have heeded our calls."
Councillor Mark Coker said: "We have long been in talks about the issue of smells coming from the treatment work so I'm absolutely delighted that South West Water have found a solution and work is getting under way."
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