Councillor Trevor McDonald at the sewage pump station next to the Beach Rd-Esplanade roundabout.
Councillor Trevor McDonald at the sewage pump station next to the Beach Rd-Esplanade roundabout. Alistair Brightman

Hold onto your nose there's a nasty smell in the air

A GROUP of Beach Rd residents are set to petition for fresher air after having a lingering stench haunt their lives.

Many long-term Fraser Coast residents would be familiar with the foul smell the sewage pump station at the intersection of Pialba's Beach Rd and the Esplanade emits.

Navigate the roundabout at the intersection - windows raised or lowered - and chances are you will sense the air become noticeably unpleasant.

Division 6 Councillor Trevor McDonald said he felt for the people living near the intersection.

He said a number of unit owners had approached him to find out how they can get the problem fixed.

"They've asked me what they are able to do, how they can get some action," Cr McDonald said.

Cr McDonald said the residents were now getting a petition together which will be submitted so investigations can take place to find a solution.

He said he wasn't aware of any other pump stations that had the same problem as severe.

Wide Bay Water Corporation acting chief executive officer Tracey Tucker said staff had been working to reduce the odour emissions from sewage pump station.

She said odour was an inherent effect of the product being pumped.

What WBWC has tried in past month:

  • Boost in chemical - Magnesium Hydroxide (MgOH) - injections into sewage streams entering the pump station and that of the neighbouring pump station
  • Doors and vents sealed to minimise odorous air being discharged to the surrounding area
  • Vent stack repaired including replacement of whirlybird
  • Repairs to odour control ducting to ensure effective contact with carbon filter
  • Carbon filter housing repaired to prevent loss of filtered media
  • Activated carbon media was replaced


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