A WATER company is embarking on a £1 million scheme to finally rid an area of Chester of long standing sewage-related odours.
Known as the 'Sealand Stink', the problem has proved a major headache for residents around Sealand Road for more than a decade.
But nostrils could soon breathe easy as Welsh Water yesterday vowed to banish the putrid pong by October this year.
The work will involve “improving the sludge processes” at the Chester Wastewater Treatment Works, company bosses say.
They have thanked locals for their support and their “help in fully understanding the issue”.
The news has been welcomed by community leaders, who have been waging war against the Sealand Stink for years.
Blacon councillor Reggie Jones said: “Businesses and residents in the Sealand Road area have been affected by odour issues for many years and I am pleased that Welsh Water have commenced work at the site and have shown a clear commitment to improve the processes at the works and surrounding air quality within the area.”
Cllr Lynn Riley, executive member for localities at Cheshire West and Chester Council, added: “I am happy to see that the investment Welsh Water promised would happen has now commenced. This work once complete will benefit the local community both now and in the future.”
Welsh Water also hopes to start a second, associated project to increase the capacity of the sewage works, to help the facility cope with the rising number of homes in the area. The plans will be subject to approval from regulator Ofwat.
Nigel Lee, Welsh Water’s catchment manager for North East Wales, said: “We are pleased that the first phase in the improvements to the wastewater treatment works in Chester is underway. The benefits of this investment will be felt by the local community and the wider catchment area. We realise work of this nature can sometimes cause disruption and we will do our best to keep this to a minimum.”
Cllr Riley added: “Hopefully if approval from Ofwat is given, the work on the new settlement tank will commence as promised, so providing a better environment for all concerned.”