Work to stop the Hythe stink is completed

WORK to stop a stench filling Colchester’s Hythe is complete.

Anglian Water has completed the first stage of a £25million project to mask the sewerage smell that plagues the area, replacing and refurbishing a lot of equipment on the site.

However, Julia Havis, borough councillor for the Harbour ward, said the real test will come in the summer.

She said: “The real test will come when the weather starts to heat up."

A spokesman for Anglian Water said an odour abatement notice, issued by Colchester Council, has been completed and residents should no longer be affected by the smell.

He said: “Although the work is complete and we have seen a reduction in the number of complaints, we are still actively monitoring the air.

“I would ask residents to remain vigilant because of the way smell travels and to report incidents as and when they happen.”

The work to stop the stench is part of a £25million works plan, which will transform Colchester’s sewerage system as 10,000 additional houses are built in the coming years.

It is hoped the vast majority of the work will be completed by May 2013.
Large scale work also began two weeks ago on a combined heat and power plant, which is due to be completed before 2014.

It will use by-products of the water treatment process to generate electricity to power the site.

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7:31pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Boris says...

Before Proofreader gets his oar in, let me correct the Gazette's phrase "the sewerage smell that plagues the area".
Sewerage is the system, while sewage is the stuff which moves through it and which generates the characteristic smells.
Later in the story, the word is used correctly.
Before Proofreader gets his oar in, let me correct the Gazette's phrase "the sewerage smell that plagues the area". Sewerage is the system, while sewage is the stuff which moves through it and which generates the characteristic smells. Later in the story, the word is used correctly. Boris

9:46pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Yendor says says...

Is it just me or hasn't the Hythe always suffered from a bad smell ?

Perhaps its just the fact there are more people living there now due to the number of flats that have been built that have made it more noticeable .....
Is it just me or hasn't the Hythe always suffered from a bad smell ? Perhaps its just the fact there are more people living there now due to the number of flats that have been built that have made it more noticeable ..... Yendor says

11:57pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Wicky1 says...

Not when I lived there in the 60s and 70s. Interesting Anglian Water have made the effort to remedy the problem when IIRC they denied any responsibility

edit: From 2010

"A spokesman for Anglian Water suggested the river’s tides were the cause.

She said: “It’s not unheard of for the mud and silt in the tidal section of the River Colne to give off quite strong odours, especially in the hot weather, and for people to assume, because it smells unpleasant, it is a sewage-related problem."

Before the port shut down the River Colne used to be regularly dredged from King Edward quay down river and seems to coincide with the smell starting, along with the conurbation of Colchester.

Have Wivenhoe and Rowhedge suffered the same pong as they are both on tidal stretches of the river?
Not when I lived there in the 60s and 70s. Interesting Anglian Water have made the effort to remedy the problem when IIRC they denied any responsibility edit: From 2010 "A spokesman for Anglian Water suggested the river’s tides were the cause. She said: “It’s not unheard of for the mud and silt in the tidal section of the River Colne to give off quite strong odours, especially in the hot weather, and for people to assume, because it smells unpleasant, it is a sewage-related problem." Before the port shut down the River Colne used to be regularly dredged from King Edward quay down river and seems to coincide with the smell starting, along with the conurbation of Colchester. Have Wivenhoe and Rowhedge suffered the same pong as they are both on tidal stretches of the river? Wicky1

10:29am Mon 31 Dec 12

icecoolmark says...

Boris wrote:
Before Proofreader gets his oar in, let me correct the Gazette's phrase "the sewerage smell that plagues the area".
Sewerage is the system, while sewage is the stuff which moves through it and which generates the characteristic smells.
Later in the story, the word is used correctly.
Anglian water are replacing equipment that smells, they can't replace the sewage. Therefore it must be the sewerage smell that they think they are getting rid of. I say the gazette is correct.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Before Proofreader gets his oar in, let me correct the Gazette's phrase "the sewerage smell that plagues the area". Sewerage is the system, while sewage is the stuff which moves through it and which generates the characteristic smells. Later in the story, the word is used correctly.[/p][/quote]Anglian water are replacing equipment that smells, they can't replace the sewage. Therefore it must be the sewerage smell that they think they are getting rid of. I say the gazette is correct. icecoolmark

11:32am Mon 31 Dec 12

romantic says...

icecoolmark wrote:
Boris wrote:
Before Proofreader gets his oar in, let me correct the Gazette's phrase "the sewerage smell that plagues the area".
Sewerage is the system, while sewage is the stuff which moves through it and which generates the characteristic smells.
Later in the story, the word is used correctly.
Anglian water are replacing equipment that smells, they can't replace the sewage. Therefore it must be the sewerage smell that they think they are getting rid of. I say the gazette is correct.
I hesitate to even get involved in this, but technically the sewerage only smells because of the sewage it is carrying. The equipment itself does not smell, but is designed to hopefully minimise the smell of the waste it is processing.

I work very close to the sewage works, and will be interested to find out if this works. At the moment, it is all fine, but I guess the acid test will be a long hot summer (it could happen, you never know!).
[quote][p][bold]icecoolmark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Before Proofreader gets his oar in, let me correct the Gazette's phrase "the sewerage smell that plagues the area". Sewerage is the system, while sewage is the stuff which moves through it and which generates the characteristic smells. Later in the story, the word is used correctly.[/p][/quote]Anglian water are replacing equipment that smells, they can't replace the sewage. Therefore it must be the sewerage smell that they think they are getting rid of. I say the gazette is correct.[/p][/quote]I hesitate to even get involved in this, but technically the sewerage only smells because of the sewage it is carrying. The equipment itself does not smell, but is designed to hopefully minimise the smell of the waste it is processing. I work very close to the sewage works, and will be interested to find out if this works. At the moment, it is all fine, but I guess the acid test will be a long hot summer (it could happen, you never know!). romantic

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