Some of you may have noticed an unpleasant odour in the areas surrounding the Shelburne Wastewater Treatment Facility, which is operated by the Ontario Clean Water Agency on behalf of the Town.
The facility, built in 1981, includes storm holding ponds to help manage overflow in the event of incremental and unpredictable weather, a commonly-used and environmentally-friendly alternative to discharging directly into lakes and rivers.
Due to an early thaw and heavy precipitation, the water level in the holding ponds is higher than average, and with an unfortunate wind pattern, this may be causing a somewhat unpleasant odour for neighboring residents.
This odour is not a public health risk and will naturally improve with changes in weather patterns. In the meantime, OCWA operators are working diligently to resolve this through the return of the water to the treatment plant and the use of deodorizers.
OCWA will update the Town as necessary.
If you have any further questions, please contact Scott Craggs directly. 519-925-1938 ext 228 email@example.com