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Pittsburg finds a solution to odor coming from the water treatment plant



After formal complaints by residents near Pittsburg's Water Treatment Plant, the department spent a year looking into solutions. 

Residents at a nearby apartment complex say a foul odor was common in the area. In July the city manager said water treatment plant officials had a few options. 

"We know it was a problem,  but it only affect a few people the balance is how much money do you spend of all the tax payers money when most people are never going to smell," said Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall. 

After a year of experimenting and research the city found what they call an inexpensive solution that is stopping the discharge of odor from the plant. 

"Were probably the only treatment plant in fact I know where the only treatment plant in Kansas that is using hydrogen peroxide," said Pittsbug's Director of Utilities John Bailey.

Hydrogen peroxide was added to the city's water supply, which the city says was a inexpensive solution. 

"It's something we will do forever it will be a constant cost, it's not insignificant but it fits in the operating budget for the water treatment plant, said Hall.  

Officials say the chemical is fast acting and not consider a hazard to the city's water supply. 

"This is food grade hydrogen peroxide there are no health concerns for the citizens in fact the average citizen may realize a better tasting water," said Bailey. 

Several residents near the plant say the smell is gone.


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