Mayor Reports Progress on Wastewater Odor Relief

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini. (Courtesy photograph.)

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini tells city leaders progress is being made to control the above-average odors from the city's wastewater plant.

Fiorentini and Department of Public Works Assistant Director Robert Ward appeared before the city council last night to give an update on the progress being made on the odor problem and what steps are being planned to minimize the odor problems in the future

“Over the past weekend the process in the aeration tanks improved significantly. These tanks, which were the major source of odors, have returned their normal “earthy” odor. Staff will continue with operations to remove sludge from the plant to ensure the process is stable,” a statement said.

Residents on both sides of the Merrimack River have complained of a “stench” from the plant since crews had to make repairs on two processing basins three weeks ago.

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  1. Went to the South Porter Street facility this past week-end and could still smell the stench in that area. Since I don’t live in the path of the odor, was surprised at how potent it was.