Thursday, August 31, 2006

Sand Creek sewage odor not a health hazard

QUESTION: We have an odor that comes down Sand Creek at night. We called the city Utilities, as it has a sewer smell to it. We were told there is a substation out east that releases treated sewage at night into Sand Creek and that it is not a health concern. Can this be a legal operation or should the EPA look into it? Sand Creek is not always full running and the soil gets permeated with the sewage smell and when the sun hits the sand the smell is foul. Also, children play in the creek behind Wildflower Elementary school. Should the Health Department be notified?
- Linda Watkins

ANSWER: Cherokee Metropolitan District, which covers the Cimarron Hills area, discharges treated sewage into Sand Creek and has always done this, according to district general manager Kip Petersen. There is “no raw sewage running down the stream and no health issue” and it is monitored by the Health Department and the state, he said. Unless it rains, the discharge from the sewage treatment plant off U.S. Highway 24 near Peterson Field is usually the only water running down Sand Creek. “We like it when it rains because it flushes the stream,” Petersen said.
There have been some recent odor problems because of “blower issues” in the system.

Changes are coming by late 2008 or early 2009, when the water district should open a new sewage treatment plant about 20 miles away in the less-developed southeast part of the county and decommissions the current plant.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sand Creek odor problem is absolutely disgusting. I am unable to open my windows at night because the next morning my house smells like sewage. It is horrible that home owners on the southeast side of town should have to put up with this. Send the sewage to the Broadmoor or Gleneagle and see how long that lasts.

10:07 AM, July 08, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Sand Creek is not the only community with the sewage smell problem. Woodmen Hills is also facing this with no cooperation from the Metro District. I believe that it is time for community members to explore nuisance laws within the state of Colorado and file a tort suit against metro districts for affecting property values.

8:47 PM, July 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have sewage smell coming from next door and I live in the City of Reading in PA. I've tried calling city codes which so far hasn't done anything about this. I've been trying to get something done for well over a month. Today I called the Mayor's office and if that doesn't work,I'm calling my news station. The smell is making me sick in the stomach and I have a sore throat. I know how you all feel from the smells cause it is bad.

10:45 AM, November 14, 2008  

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