A petition was circulating in Chase to put an end to the sewage smell which has since been eliminated. (Rick Koch photo)

Nasty odour in Chase eliminated

Village public works staff successful in staunching stench at sewage lagoons

Chase residents are now breathing easier.

Village public works staff were able to staunch the stench coming from the sewage lagoons, giving residents a welcome reprieve.

On May 16, the Village of Chase Facebook page had informed residents that public works staff were taking steps to get rid of the odour.

“We realize the plant is still generating odours and we understand how uncomfortable this is. Our public works staff have made some adjustments to allow for additional oxygen to be pumped into the lagoons. In addition, we have ordered an organic product that will be added into the lagoons as soon as it arrives later this week, to help the bacteria work better,” stated the Facebook post.

Despite those efforts, a petition was circulated in the community, urging mayor and council to solve the problem as soon as possible.

Related: Unusually nasty odour repulses Chase residents

Joni Heinrich, the village’s chief administrative officer, confirmed the smell hadn’t reached such loathsome levels in years.

She says the public works staff think it was happening mostly because of the long, cold winter, followed by a short spring and then hot temperatures.

“The good bacteria go dormant in winter,” she explained, and become active when the weather warms up. “If it’s a really quick transition from cold to hot, it takes time to get out of dormancy.”

In an interview June 6, she said everything staff did finally worked, and the air has been smelling fresh for several days.

Now the village is working out a plan to prevent a repeat next year, discussing options with engineers and talking with other communities which have similar types of sewage treatment.

“We’ll decide whether we do something earlier, something different, something more,” she says.


@SalmonArm
marthawickett@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Kelowna boat retailers worry about tit-for-tat tariffs by U.S. and Canada

A 10 per cent tariff on new boats coming into Canada is prompting big cuts to boat orders

UPDATE: Car engulfed in flames in Winfield

Firefighters were able to extinguish the burning car quickly

Used needle falls from sky in Vernon

A Vernon resident said a syringe fell out of the sky and landed at his feet

Mercury rises in the Okanagan-Shuswap

Temperatures reach about 36 C with humidex in the Okanagan and Shuswap

Kal Beach cleanup disgusts

Keep Kal Lake Blue collects straws, cigarette butts, bottle caps, band-aids, broken toys among garbage

VIDEO: Vernon-area students read for rank

RCMP visited JW Inglis on Wednesday as part of the Read with Me and the RCMP program.

Unfiltered: IPAs explained with Cannery Brewing brewmaster

Checking out the new IPA created by Penticton brewery Cannery Brewing Company

Man gets 2 years in prison for assault on Okanagan Correctional officer

Union rep said inmate sucker punched correctional officer, continued assault after officer fell

50 new fires sparked in B.C. after lightning strikes across province

Similar conditions seen at the beginning of 2017 wildfire season

B.C. woman graduates high school at age 92

Nanaimo’s Joan Deebank the oldest high school graduate ever in B.C., as far as ministry can confirm

B.C. Appeal Court rules lottery winner must be paid back $600,000 loan

Enone Rosas won $4.1 million in a lottery in 2007 and loaned a portion to a friend

Liquor review finds issues with B.C. wholesale monopoly

Report calls for ‘conflict of interest’ in system to be fixed

VIDEO: Vernon-area students read for rank

RCMP visited JW Inglis on Wednesday as part of the Read with Me and the RCMP program.

B.C. ‘will be ready’ for marijuana legalization

Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth says some stores open by Oct. 17

Most Read