MUSTANG, Okla. - As the wind shifts out of the North, a stink is settling over the city of Mustang. It's coming from the water treatment plant, and residents may have to wait until next summer for the smell to stop.
"It smells just like a sewer," said one resident. "It's pretty strong sometimes.
The smell comes from the two small basins in the Mustang Waste Water Treatment Plant, basins that once held raw sewage.
"It's probably been 45 days since we've put any raw sewage out there," said Dennis Merrill with the Mustang public works department.
The plant is being upgraded, and the ponds are passed their prime.
"What we`re trying to do is dry these lagoons out," said Merrill. "That is the best way to eliminate any possible odors."
"I think it`s great, they need to," said Chad Deuel, who lives in the area. "I mean absolutely, it`s disgusting really."
While the city waits for the basins to soak up the sun, the area near Chisholm Trails is left soaking in the smell.
"Sometimes in the morning, you wait for the bus and it`s just really bad," said Ember Carpenter, Sophomore at Mustang High School. "You can smell it and it's just off-putting."
"It smells like raw sewage," said Deuel. "I don`t know any other way to describe it."
"When we first moved we even had our sewage system checked out," said Luba Spegle, former Chisholm Trails resident. "We thought it was just in our backyard."
But officials claim the smell has diminished in the past couple months, and should soon be a thing of the past entirely.
"I think our best bet is to stay the course on drying out the system," said Merrill.
According to Merrill, the city is in the process of upgrading the water system, which could cost around 3-million dollars.