Wastewater ‘Stench’ Relief in Progress

Relief is reportedly on the way for the odor problem at the Haverhill wastewater plant as a result of an ongoing repair project for two basins at the facility.

According to a Facebook post from Mayor James J. Fiorentini's office, public works crews are to begin work as early as today to put on line new equipment and bring in trucks to begin hauling the solids causing the odor out of the plant. Also, the city reportedly has brought in a new outside consulting firm which is credited with reducing odors at a wastewater plant in Lowell.

Neighbors of the Haverhill wastewater facility, as well as residents in the Riverside section, have complained for the past two weeks of what one resident referred to as a “stench.”

Last week, Deputy DPW Director Robert Ward said.” the wastewater treatment pant staff has been making repairs to one of the primary sedimentation basins and one of the secondary aeration basins. The repair process involves draining the tanks which results in increased odors from the plant. The primary basin repair is complete which should significantly reduce the odors. We are bringing in additional staff to expedite the secondary aeration basin repair which is expected to be complete next week. When complete the process will return to normal operation.”