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Odor source possibly found

Testing of wastewater samples in the eastern section of the Town of Pulaski has, on several occasions, found high readings of sulfur compounds that “could be a source of odor,” Town Manager John Hawley said Tuesday night.
Hawley said sampling for volatile organic compounds began June 16, with samples being taken from four locations: one just prior to the pump station, two downstream from the discharge valves and one control sample at a residence in the vicinity.
The testing was initiated as a method of trying to pinpoint the source of a foul sewer odor that comes and goes in the area of Bob White Boulevard and East Main Street.
Between June 17 and July 1, Hawley indicated, “several high readings appeared” during the second week. He said one occurred June 25, coinciding with and email he received from Mayor Jeff Worrell indicating the sewer odor was present that day.
Hawley said the test results are being discussed with firms assisting with efforts to eliminate the odor. Those firms include Draper Aden Associates, Siemens and Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority.
“It’s felt we need to continue to evaluate the data and start the process of identifying potential options” to control the spikes, he said, adding that another two weeks of data are being obtained to further test the levels of VOC’s in the system.
Residents and officials with churches and businesses in the areas in question have complained about the smell for months, saying it becomes so strong at times that it is unbearable.
Testing was initiated after other efforts to pinpoint the source of the odor failed.

Odor source possibly found

Testing of wastewater samples in the eastern section of the Town of Pulaski has, on several occasions, found high readings of sulfur compounds that “could be a source of odor,” Town Manager John Hawley said Tuesday night.
Hawley said sampling for volatile organic compounds began June 16, with samples being taken from four locations: one just prior to the pump station, two downstream from the discharge valves and one control sample at a residence in the vicinity.
The testing was initiated as a method of trying to pinpoint the source of a foul sewer odor that comes and goes in the area of Bob White Boulevard and East Main Street.
Between June 17 and July 1, Hawley indicated, “several high readings appeared” during the second week. He said one occurred June 25, coinciding with and email he received from Mayor Jeff Worrell indicating the sewer odor was present that day.
Hawley said the test results are being discussed with firms assisting with efforts to eliminate the odor. Those firms include Draper Aden Associates, Siemens and Pepper’s Ferry Regional Wastewater Treatment Authority.
“It’s felt we need to continue to evaluate the data and start the process of identifying potential options” to control the spikes, he said, adding that another two weeks of data are being obtained to further test the levels of VOC’s in the system.
Residents and officials with churches and businesses in the areas in question have complained about the smell for months, saying it becomes so strong at times that it is unbearable.
Testing was initiated after other efforts to pinpoint the source of the odor failed.