Thursday, February 09, 2006

Briargate sewer smell will disappear

QUESTION: I am wondering why the intersection of Springcrest Road and Highway 83 just north of Briargate Parkway smells like an open sewer on cool mornings.
- Lloyd Harmon

ANSWER: The short answer: it’s a newer system and the smell will go away when there’s more development in that area and more poo in the pipes.

According to Colorado Springs Utilities spokesman Steve Berry, the smell could be coming from a manhole in the area of the intersection and a relatively new force main, a large gravity-fed pipe fed by a number of smaller sewage pipes. The larger main isn’t yet carrying a heavy flow so what’s going through isn’t diluted. As the area develops, the heavier the flow, the more dilution and less smell.
If there are questions or concerns, call CSU: 448-4800


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That awful smell is coming from the lift station vent pipes, drains and manhole covers, because thats the way they were designed. Sewage water cannot flow in the pipe unless it displaces foul air that flows out of them. The solution is ,, etc. Basically these solutions are simply activated carbon vessels that are very low cost and actually renew themselves for years.

4:11 PM, April 23, 2006  
Blogger Stop The Stink said...

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6:29 PM, April 23, 2006  
Blogger Linda Navarro said...

Reader recommendations were passed along to Colorado Springs Utilities.
Spokesman Steve Berry responded that the department’s environmental-services group is examining the problem and calcium nitrate was added to minimize the odor. Other odor mitigation is being considered.
The carbon filters are expensive and not as effective as calcium nitrate, Berry said. “We’ll try the more cost-effective measures first.”

1:34 PM, July 12, 2006  
Blogger said...

Nothing is less costly than $388/year per manhole, which includes 2-3 x-pellet refills. Thats what a Sweetfilter costs you and its warrantied for 3 months of no odors at that manhole or we provide another 2-3 free odor control x-pellet refills. Typical applications like Richmond, VA. only refill x-pellets once each year.

4:15 PM, October 05, 2007  
Blogger said...

Sweetfilter cost $388/manhole which includes 2-3 free refills of odor control xpellets. Typically cites like Richmond, VA. use 1 refill annually.

We warranty no odors at that manhole for 90 days or we offer 2-3 additional free refills.

4:18 PM, October 05, 2007  
OpenID alfmauritzon said...

You need a permanent solution, not added problems. The new technology brought from Europe; are now mitigating odor problems all over USA, without adding expensive carbonfilter, or hazardous chemicals.

11:14 AM, December 14, 2007  

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