Odor Control Measures Near Lexington Water Treatment Plants


In Tuesday’s Environmental Quality and Public Works (EQPW) Committee, the Division of Water Quality will present an update on recent odor control measures taken by the City.

In the fall of 2023, residents near the Town Branch Treatment Plant off Manchester Street and the West Hickman Treatment Plant in the Tates Creek area began calling in complaints about odor issues related to equipment issues at the plants. The City has undergone several measures to improve odor control, including:

  • Hiring Webster Environmental Associates to perform an analysis of strong odor causes in both plants, and prioritize what equipment replacements needed to occur the soonest to mitigate odor.

  • Addressing deferred maintenance issues.

  • Increasing chemical feed rates, which dictates how much treatment chemicals are added to water to ensure effective treatment.

Continued efforts will be made in 2024 to assist in odor control efforts at both water treatment plants. You can view the presentation starting on page 58 of this packet.

The Environmental Quality and Public Works Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 6th at 1pm in Council Chambers. You can attend in-person or watch live on LexTV.

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