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Here’s why parts of Kamloops smell bad this week

September 01, 2018 - 2:14 PM

KAMLOOPS - You weren’t imagining it, something smells bad in the west end of Mission Flats Road in Kamloops.

The City has sent out a media release stating the odour is the result of improperly applied biosolids. They had contracted a company to deal with the city’s biosolids while a long-term solution is in development.

Jen Fretz with the City of Kamloops explains it is the result of the biosolids being left in a stockpile.

“When biosolids are left in a pile for any length of time they get starved of oxygen so they become septic,” Fretz says in a phone interview.

The release states there are no health concerns connected with the smell, and it should dissipate within the next week weather permitting.

The site near Domtar, south of Kamloops Sewage Treatment Centre where the smell is coming from, is an approved site for land-applied biosolids. There are no residential properties in the immediate area.

The City’s contract with the contractor involved has expired and the City has issued a Negotiated Request for Proposals for this work going forward. The release says part of the new proposal will put in place testing of biosolids for septic prior to land application.

Biosolids are used as a soil amendment. They do not normally emit the same odour as Kamloops experienced this week.

“We apologize for contributing to the odour in the air, and are working towards a strategic, long-term direction for the management of our biosolids,” The City says in the release.

Go to the City of Kamloops biosolid management page for more information.

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