Revelstoke councillors supported a $120,000 solution to city’s smelly sewer lagoon problem at the May 26 Revelstoke City Council meeting.
City staff will use money from sewer reserves to purchase and install specialized mixing equipment to that will work the waste and improve the digestion process in the sewage lagoons located in Revelstoke’s Southside neighbourhood.
“Since the last time this was brought up in council, we’ve had issues with the lagoon and pond number one which has, I’m not going to say it has died, but it’s probably on it’s last breath, and it’s last breath smells a little bit,” Mayor Mark McKee explained at the meeting.
“We’ve been putting things in to try and bring the bacteria back to life, introducing more oxygen into the lagoon to revive it, pumping water from the healthy lagoon into the number one pond to try and introduce healthy bacteria,” McKee said.
“The cooler temperatures and rain over the last few days have helped but it is still not 100%.”
The headworks program on the air filtration system will be finished June 15 and this fix is hoped to be installed at the same time and Mayor McKee stressed the importance of fixing it.
“The number one priority in the community right now is the sewerage lagoon, getting it back up and running the way it’s supposed to be,” he said.
“This is not a short term fix. It will be added to the lagoon and will there as long as we need it.”
Councillor Linda Nixon supported the motion along with the other councillors.
“This is why we build these reserves,” she said.
“This has been an offensive problem for the neighbourhood. I think staff have worked diligently and with knowledge to find what the multi factored problem is.”
For key background on this issue, see our May 24 story: Surprise report: Revelstoke sewage treatment plant upgrade won’t cure current smell problem