Crews working to solve odour problem at Garden Creek Lagoon. Many wipes, etc., found.

City actively investigating odour at Garden Creek Lagoon

Staff with the City’s Pollution Control Division (PCD) have recently become aware of increasing odours at the Garden Creek Lagoon. They took immediate action to address the issue, including:

  • removing vegetation to ensure the sun and wind reach the surface of the lagoon,
  • cleaning the exposed part of the geomembrane liner,
  • removing floating grease and other materials from the surface of the lagoon,
  • increasing inspections of the facility and meeting with residents to detect odours, and
  • ensuring the aeration system, which utilizes oxygen for treatment of the wastewater, was inspected, cleaned and put back in service

Due to the nature of biological wastewater treatment, it can take a period of time (days) to determine if these actions will have an impact on the odour. Unfortunately, the odour may last for a while.

From a short term perspective, PCD staff will continue to review the operation of the facility and will be taking additional steps minimize any odours. From a long term perspective, staff will begin working with an engineering firm to determine what else can be done.

On a final note, PCD staff would like to pass onto our Water & Sewer customers not to flush personal wipes, feminine hygiene products, condoms, cotton swabs, dental floss, hair, etc., down the toilet. These can clog or damage the pipes in your home, business or municipal sanitary sewer system, including the operation of the sewage lagoon.

Only three things should go down your toilet … pee, poo and toilet paper – the 3P’s. For more information on this, visit Fredericton.ca/DoNotFlush.

Residents are also reminded not to pour fat, oil and grease down the kitchen sink. Again, it can clog or damage the pipes in your home, business or municipal sanitary sewer system, including the operation of the sewage lagoon.

For those who continue to have concerns or questions, please contact Service Fredericton at 506-460-2020 or service@fredericton.ca.