What is happening at Smithton?
An incident was declared late last year (2016) because of a spike in complaints relating to odour from the Smithton sewage treatment plant (STP) off Pelican Point Road.
Have we identified the cause of the problem?
What are we doing to address the problem?
To address the problem in the short-term we have used recyled water to create a water cap over the sludge in the worst-affected lagoon. This is the lagoon that is no longer in operation. The water cap effectively traps the odour underneath the surface.
In the longer term we will be spending more than $1 million removing sludge from three of the lagoons at Smithton. The process will commence in September 2017 and will continue through until March 2018. The work will be undertaken by Conhur Pty Ltd.
What will happen to the sludge?
How will the work impact on local residents?
Will we be faced with the same problem in a few years' time?