‘What’s the smell?’: Neighbors complain of foul smell from Atlanta water treatment plant

Those who live and work in the Bolton and Riverside areas say they are being woken up in the middle of the night by a strong and unpleasant smell.

are you old? Nearby water treatment plant.

It got so bad that some say he got sick.

“It smells like sewage. You’re literally breathing sewage air and it’s gross,” one man, who wished to remain anonymous, told FOX 5. It’s going through grocery stores and you’re breathing sewage air.”

Neighbors say the smell in the air has been unmanageable for the past few days.

All this points to the RM Clayton water treatment plant.

Ellie Parton lives nearby and says she thought it might have been a garbage disposal or a septic tank.

“I woke up around 5 a.m. from a dream and I was like, ‘What a smell,'” Elle Parton said.

This is an issue that worries those in the area.

“People who have been here for ten years say it’s never been as bad as it has been in the last two days,” Parton said.

Residents say that rumors have spread that illegal dumping in the sewers is to blame.

FOX 5 reached out to leaders at the Atlanta Watershed Management Department, who say that was not the cause of the recent odor. In the statement, the management pointed to the odor control unit

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This morning, the Department of Watershed Management’s primary impact odor control unit at RM Clayton was not operational. However, by 10 am the system is up and running properly. Neighbors should notice a reduction in odors. – Atlanta Watershed Management Department

Many say even though the last few days have been the worst, this smell is not unfamiliar.

“They may try to deal with this issue or today, but ask someone. It stinks several times a month,” said one resident.

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