News Release, City of Rockport | "City Temporarily Halts Odor Control Program"

ROCKPORT, TX – Beginning Saturday, March 5, 2016, and continuing for approximately four weeks, the City of Rockport will be conducting a study of the wastewater collection system. Part of the study includes temporarily halting the current method of injecting a liquid odor control into the 11 wastewater lift stations operated by the City. This is being done in order to evaluate the effect the liquid odor control has on the process of removing nitrogen (denitrification) from the wastewater stream at the treatment plant. Since 2013, the City has voluntarily taken steps to minimize the amount of nitrogen in the treated effluent leaving the treatment plant, most notably construction of a $1 million anoxic tank. Higher rates of nitrogen entering Little Bay have a detrimental effect on the quality of the bay environment.

Discontinuation of the odor control system may lead to more noticeable levels of hydrogen sulfide odor near the 11 wastewater lift stations. If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the temporary discontinuation of the use of liquid odor control or if you have questions about the overall study, please contact the Public Works Department at (361) 790-1160.

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