MUSTANG, Okla. – From kids to adults, complaints have piled up about the stench coming from the flow equalization lagoon, where excess water goes from Mustang’s Waste Water Treatment Plant.
“The water was warming, the bacteria started consuming the organic material that was in there and we had offensive odors,” said Dennis Merrill, Project Director for Mustang’s WWTP.
Residents say the smell is not that noticeable when the winds are coming from the south.
When the winds come from the north, the smell starts to overpower nearby neighbors.
“We’ve had baseball games when people just started leaving, you just give up the game and go, it’s terrible,” Cate Moriasi said.
City crews have been working on short and long-term solutions.
So far, they have put sodium nitrate on the surface, which is helping with algae growth.
Merrill said, “What they’re doing is producing oxygen and if there’s oxygen in the waters, you won’t get the offensive odors.”
Long-term fixes include plant upgrades, like adding aerators or changing the software.
Merrill said, “The software change would allow us to reduce the frequency and duration of sewage going to that lagoon.”
In the meantime, residents are dealing with the funky smell, hoping for it to go away.
Resident Cindy Fischer said, “It’s definitely not pleasant to be outside in the summertime, especially when it’s strong and the kids want to play outside.”
Officials at Mustang’s Waste Water Treatment Plant said engineers will be out within the next week to talk about solutions.
Crews encourage residents dealing with the smell to let the city’s public works department know by contacting them by visiting cityofmustang.org or by calling (405)376-4521.