UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 3:14pm
COLLEGE STATION -- It's a smelly situation for some people in College Station who live near the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
But the city thinks they've found a solution to help get rid of the stench.
Lynn Lawler has lived in her College Station home for four years.
She says there's only one thing she doesn't like about her neighborhood, the Carters Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant.
"The only downside to living in Emerald Forest, in this part of Emerald Forest."
Lawler's home sits not even a mile away from the treatment plant meaning every now and then, when the wind blows in a certain direction, you'll notice an unpleasant smell when you step outside.
"The north wind comes right down this street and it's when the wind comes from a certain direction you would notice it," Lawler said.
But with a $1.6 million improvements project currently in the works for the plant, the city is hoping to eliminate those odors permanently.
"The facility has some components that have just reached the end of their service life," says water services director, David Coleman.
So while the city replaces certain materials they also plan on upgrading their air neutralizing system.
Coleman says, "What we have is a newer technology that mixes the neutralizer with air and then sprays it out so it should get a lot better dispersion and be a lot more effective with controlling those odors."
Something Lawler says should have been addressed a while ago.
"I'm really pleased to hear about this."
The facility will begin its improvements this month and will take about a year to complete.