Odor Control Systems

New Natomas Pumping Station | Sacramento, CA, US

Not many things will get a community riled up faster than problem odors from a wastewater treatment plant or collection system. Improving odor control systems is not just good community relations, it is also good business. In addition to annoying the neighbors, less-than-optimal odor control processes may make people wonder what else the utility is not doing right. Solving odor problems provides a more pleasant atmosphere for staff and visitors and improves the quality of life for the neighboring community.

Our approach to planning and designing odor control improvements is based on solid, quantifiable background data, specific quantifiable odor management goals and economic considerations. Our experience indicates that an integrated approach to odor abatement is essential for achieving effective and economical odor control measures. An understanding of "odor science" is required to avoid the common pitfalls of odor abatement projects. Many key elements must be understood and followed, including wastewater odorants, mass odor emission rate, addition of odors, and concept of odor threshold.