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Town's foul sewage pong problem
3:00pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
ANGLIAN Water has been forced to apologise after a stench from its sewage plant hit Tilbury, causing residents to lock themselves in their homes to escape the smell.
Wind blew what was described as “the worst smell imaginable” over the town on Thursday and Friday as Anglian Water treated sludge with lime that would normally be removed from their sewage treatment plant off Fort Road and treated elsewhere.
But problems at the water firm’s other sites in the region meant the sludge had to be treated in Tilbury, causing a horrendous smell to intoxicate the air.
And it could be weeks before the problem is fully resolved as Anglian Water takes steps to combat odour pollution at the site.
These include improving general housekeeping, minimising the amount of sludge and proactively monitoring wind direction.
A spokesman for Anglian Water said: “We’re very sorry for the smells coming from our water recycling centre in Tilbury at present.
“Unfortunately problems elsewhere in the region have meant sludge has needed treating on site and is causing more odours than usual.
“We are doing all we can to minimise the problem and have brought in additional equipment to mask the odours. We’re also increasing all the routine processes we have in place to keep smells to a minimum.
“We continue to work closely with the local authorities, who have approved the steps we’re taking, and expect the situation to improve over the next few weeks.”
Resident Jonathan Camp, 39, of Arkwright, Tilbury, said the smell was so bad it woke him up on Thursday morning.
He said: “I thought my cat had brought in a dead animal. I had to shut all my windows, it was vile.
“The smell hits you like a brick wall. All of my neigbours were out discussing it. It was the worst.”
On Sunday, Tilbury and St Chads ward councillor Lynn Worrall joined a large number of complainants on Twitter.
Cllr Worrall said: “The stench from the sewage works has yet again ruined the chance of enjoying a sunny afternoon in the garden. I have reported it.”
An Environment Agency spokesman said: “We conducted a site inspection on August 1 and have been in regular contact with the company.
“We will continue to work closely with Anglian Water until the odour has been reduced to acceptable levels.”
A council spokesman said: “We will continue to monitor the situation, work with the plant and the Environment Agency, but there is little more we can do.”
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