News from Kamloops

May 22, 2014

Sewage Treatment Centre Upgrades Cause Obnoxious Odors

Kamloops, B.C. – The City of Kamloops Sewage Treatment Plant is currently in the final stages of construction and commissioning. As a result of this work, a large portion of the treatment facility is currently offline and less than optimal treatment is being recognized, which unfortunately may generate obnoxious odours.

Over the May long weekend, weather patterns resulted in a concentration of this sewage smell in the lower elevations around Kamloops, particularly in the Brocklehurst area adjacent to the treatment plant.

If weather patterns continue in a similar pattern, the odours from the City lagoons may persist periodically over the the next few days. A remedial team that specializes in these types of odour events is being mobilized and will start emergency treatment of the lagoon system early next week and it is expected to have the excessive smell under control by the middle of the week.

The new sewage treatment plant will have several odour control processes in place once completed and online (anticipated for late June), so any smells from the plant are expected to be mitigated.


Media Contact:
David Teasdale, Utility Services Supervisor
City of Kamloops