GLEN ELLYN – The Glenbard Wastewater Authority at 945 Bemis Road in Glen Ellyn has recently experienced an odor issue that has been directly impacting adjacent neighborhoods.
The authority has received a number of complaints over the last month from nearby residents as remediation efforts have continued. This week, the odor issues have dissipated and the neighbors have reported a significant improvement, according to a news release from the village of Glen Ellyn.
“This is an aberration, as the Glenbard Wastewater Authority has not experienced an issue like this in over 20 years,” Glen Ellyn Village Manager Mark Franz said in the release. “The Authority has taken a number of steps to alleviate this problem and are proactively planning to ensure this issue does not occur again.”
According to information provided by the Glenbard Wastewater Authority, the odor that has been problematic for residents the past five to six weeks is related to the two digesters that were in an upset condition. This condition causes the balance of pH to drop and acids to increase, causing the odors.
Air quality samples are currently being tested by a third party. Since this is a biological process, the time frame to improve the odor has taken a number of weeks because of the organisms working at their own rate of recovery, the release stated.
The authority is holding a neighborhood information meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 14 at Westfield Elementary School, 2S125 Mayfield Lane, Glen Ellyn.
More information is available by going to the authority's website, gbww.org. The authority operates and maintains municipal wastewater treatment facilities for about 109,000 residents and businesses in Glen Ellyn and Lombard, as well as the Valley View and Butterfield subdivisions.