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This paper describes the detailed planning, technical, community relations, and project management techniques that were used successfully in preparing odor control plans for publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) to meet odor control criteria at sewage collection systems and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) fenceline. Experiences from several major POTWs in Northern California and Nevada will be presented including effective public outreach techniques used to interact with the surrounding neighbors in addressing their odor concerns. These Odor Control Master Plans called for an innovative technical approach that combines basic evaluation tools with rigorous analytical methods and state-of-the-art odor dispersion and emissions estimating models. Three distinct phases were implemented at the POTWs to manage odors in the surrounding communities:

Phase 1–Conducted site assessments, sampling, and modeling to identify and quantify odors

Phase 2–Provided a list of prioritized odor sources with recommended odor-reducing solutions for the higher priority sources, while discussing odor concerns and issues with the communities

Phase 3–Recommended an implementation schedule for controlling odor in a timely fashion that truly compares off-site odor impacts to odor control costs. The information obtained from this Phase of work was used for Capital Improvement Planning (CIP) activities.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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