How long will this stench be with us? |

How long will this stench be with us?

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — For the past week, local residents have been living with a pungent odor wafting through the town, smelling unfortunately similar to the smell that comes from an overfull port-a-potty.

That has been because the town has been clearing out the build-up of “bio-solids,” a large volume of dried sludge produced by the town’s new water-wastewater treatment plant.

The new plant is located near the RFTA Bus Barn at the west end of Wulfsohn Road, but the sludge has been stored at the old water/wastewater treatment plant along Seventh Street, said plant supervisor Buddy Burns on Thursday. The dried sludge is being stored at the old plant, which has been shut down otherwise, because a new storage site was not built alongside the new treatment plant, Burns said.

Instead, Burns explained, the city is working to build a final storage site on city-owned land in South Canyon, thereby eliminating the trips to Harvey Gap.

In the meantime, trucks have been taking multiple loads of the material to a private site north of Harvey Gap to spread it on the ground for ultimate disposal, and the act of disturbing the bio-solids is what has been kicking up the smell.

The process began on June 24, Burns said, and is expected to continue through July 5, meaning city residents have perhaps another week of unwelcome perfume.

“I know it’s not a good situation,” Burns said ruefully, adding reluctantly that the city probably will have to put up with the stench one more time, in September.

But, he said hopefully, that should be the last time, because by then the city hopes to have the new storage facility finished and ready to receive the truckloads of dried sludge, without disturbing the olfactory serenity of the city populace.

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