Staff addresses sewage smell from treatment plant

***July 12, 2018 - UPDATE***
The City is doing everything we can to rectify the current situation. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is requiring more information about the ingredients in the enzyme. The City, along with JVA (the engineering company working on wastewater treatment capacity), is working directly with the manufacturer of the enzyme to get more specific details about its composition so we can get the information to CDPHE. The aerators have been ordered and the company is working as quickly as they can to build our order. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to the odor issues at the plant. The City is doing everything it can to address and correct the problem.
June 25, 2018
The area north of the city is experiencing sewage smells from the City of Ouray sewer lagoons. JVA, the engineering company working on Wastewater Treatment Capacity, investigated the lagoons and determined that there is lack of air mixture as a result of inadequate aerators in the lagoons to handle the influx of septage. Public Works Director, Joe Coleman, has addressed the lack of air mixture by ordering additional aerators. The process to install aerators is planned for the end of July. In the interim, chemicals that can reduce sewage odor have been ordered and should be on site the week of June 25. The City of Ouray wastewater permit expires June 30, 2019. City staff are preparing for renewal, working with consultants on a capacity study and anticipating major improvements that will be needed over the next 5 to 10 years that will affect sewer rates.