Steady progress made in solving stench issue

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WATER bosses claim progress is being made to combat the Methil Ming.

An odour mitigation plan previously agreed with stakeholders was said to be moving forward – with another meeting of concerned community groups due soon.

Scottish Water and Caledonian Environmental Levenmouth Treatment Services (CELTS) – the Northumbrian Water-owned operator of the Levenmouth waste water treatment works (LWWTW) – had made significant time and financial investments to meet the agreed actions and the programme of work was progressing well, said Scottish Water’s regional community manager, Anne Marie Dewar.

Improvements included the installation of a chemical dosing facility at the point where waste water entered the treatment works, which became operational a month ahead of schedule.

Testing of the sludge dryer building has also taken place, while Scottish Water is looking again at how it handles customer complaints.

A study on the effect of different wind and weather patterns on smells from the works should be complete by October, said Ms Dewar.

“We are aware that, sometimes, odours not noticeable at the treatment works can be detected in the community and this work will help us understand that problem better.”

A further stakeholder meeting, to be attended by area MP Lindsay Roy, local elected members, key stakeholders and members of FLAG (Fix Levenmouth Action Group) is to be held at the end of the month.

Representatives will be updated directly on the detailed progress with such actions and the results of testing.

On behalf of stakeholders, Mr Roy said he was encouraged that some of the agreed actions were in place but only time would tell, when they were finished, if the smell had been banished once and for all.