Muir encourages public to report Kinnegar odour concerns

Councillor Muir at Kinnegar Lagoons
I am encouraging members of the public to report any malodours experienced near the Kinnegar Lagoons and Waste Water Treatment Plant in Holywood after recent reports of the sewage stink returning.

After securing £4.5million investment to end sewage pollution of the Kinnegar lagoons and resulting malodour I was concerned to learn in recent weeks of reports that the pong was back.

With the multi-million pound works to improve Holywood’s sewerage infrastructure and eliminate the notoriously pungent smell completed at the end of 2016 such malodours should be a distant memory not a reoccurring concern.

Upon learning of these report I therefore immediately contacted Northern Ireland Water outlining my concerns and asking for an investigation. This investigation is now complete and whilst all the evidence gathered indicate no malodour exceedances NI Water are keen to hear more if the problems re-occur. Members of the public can report incidents by ringing either myself via 07813 945411 or NI Water directly via 03457 44 00 88 with as much information as possible such as times, dates, locations and description.

With such a significant investment previously secured I am keen to ensure the Kinnegar sewage smell is eliminated once and for all and therefore urge anyone with concerns to make contact so we can identify any new problems for immediate rectification.

Response from NI Water in relation to recent reports appended below:

Thank you for your email, and apologies for not replying sooner.  The Kinnegar Wastewater Treatment Works’ (WwTW) November emissions results were needed to provide a meaningful response and they have only just become available.

NI Water have been made aware, from local press articles, of reports of unpleasant odours during November in the vicinity of Kinnegar WwTW at the shorefront.  We have checked our customer contacts records, which confirm NI Water did not receive any odour complaints directly.

We would like to reassure you that we have carried out checks on the sewerage system at the new pumping station, and the adjacent Lagoons, and found no issues.  Watercourses in the wider area were also inspected and, again, no issues were found.

Also, the Kinnegar WwTW emissions results recorded no exceedances during November.  Please note that monitoring a this site only provides assurances in relation to hydrogen sulphide emissions.  Other unpleasant smelling substances, which can be produced as a by-product of wastewater treatment processes and, indeed, other natural processes in the wider environment, are not monitored under the established regime.

We are very mindful of the historical issues in the area and would encourage members of the public to report odours, via Waterline (03457 44 00 88), if possible with times, dates, locations and description, so that they can be investigated immediately.

NI Water will continue to monitor all possible odour sources in the local sewerage system and around the Kinnegar WwTW and the Lagoons.  Background odours in close proximity to any wastewater treatment works would not be entirely unexpected and can, on occasions, be more noticeable depending on prevailing weather conditions and operations being undertaken on site.