Scottish Water is to invest up to £1.5 million in a bid to banish the ‘Methil Ming’.
The plans, announced at a stakeholders’ meeting last week, have been warmly welcomed by elected members, who praised the company for listening to the public’s calls for action.
Following investigations, Scottish Water said it had identified a number of odour sources for improvement both at the water treatment works and the surrounding sewerage system.
The company has already carried out chemical dousing in the area, and there is planned work to have increased dispersion of odours through raised stacks.
Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of Fife Council’s Levenmouth area committee, said: “Scottish Water in the past has come in for a lot of criticsm, probably rightly so. But they deserve credit for what they are doing now, because they have actually listened to the public and are doing something about it.”
Local MP Lindsay Roy - who accused the company of failing to live up to its responsibilites in the past – said it deserved a pat on the back for its attempts to solve the problem now: “Their determination to find a solution is no longer in doubt and I am delighted at how seriously they are now dealing with this.”
He added: “A survey carried out for Scottish Water found 87 per cent of residents questioned were aware of the odour, so it was somewhat disappointing that only four residents attended a public meeting held to explain what exactly is being done to try and get rid of the Methil Ming once and for all.
“However, despite that poor attendance, Scottish Water know this is a big issue locally and they have re-confirmed to me that they are totally committed to finding a solution.
“I welcome this and, like local residents, I look forward to the day when it is a case of Methil Ming no more.”
A Scottish Water spokesman said: “At the recent stakeholder meeting, we went over the plans with all the interested parties and the reaction to the plans was positive. We believe raising the stacks will have a positive impact on dryer-related odours in the surrounding community.
“We are now progressing with the project to raise the stacks and will issue an update to the local media and the community when more news is available.”