Eliminating Wastewater Treatment Plant Odors Improves Quality of Life for Brownsville Residents

As a member of the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) for five years, including two years serving as chairwoman, Nurith Galonsky has supported efforts to improve the quality of life for Brownsville residents.

Several years ago, residents living both near the Robindale Wastewater Treatment Plan and the South Wastewater Treatment Plant began to reasonably object to odors being emitted from each wastewater plant. Unfortunately, at the time, residents in these areas were having their quality of life impacted as a result of the smells.

A change had to occur.

The issue was brought up to the city, which then requested that the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) find a solution.

When it was time to vote on implementing new measures to reduce the smell coming from the South Waster Water Treatment Plant and various lift stations around Brownsville, Nurith voted “Yes” immediately.

South Wastewater Treatment Plant Gets a Much Needed

Update Having seen amazing success with the odor control system at the Robindale Wastewater Treatment Plant, BPUB decided to use the same type of system at the South Wastewater Treatment facility.

The system works to control the release of hydrogen sulfide, which is the gas responsible for the wastewater odor. In the process of moving the wastewater, turbulence causes the foul-smelling gas to separate from the water and escape into the air.

The first step in the process required covering the wastewater tanks and channels with 200 well-fitted covers totaling 7,000 square feet. Because the hydrogen sulfide still needs to be released somehow, 400 feet of air ductwork were installed around the tanks and channels to pump the gas into a biological tower.

The tower contains microorganisms that feed on the hydrogen sulfide, removing 99 percent of the gas and associated odors. BPUB’s responsiveness is testimony to the successes that Brownsville can achieve when its residents, community leaders, and city workers come together all with the same goal in mind. Nurith is proud to have played a role in this accomplishment.

By electing Nurith Galonsky for City Commissioner of District 1, know that your voice will be heard.