Water Treatment Plant Information


Dear Residents,

The waste water treatment plant on our south side has authorized work that is intended to address the odor that periodically emanates from there. Initially, they hoped to have the work done by June 2014, but due to specialty parts being required to be manufactured, the completion date is now January. Please see the email below for their full response.

Also, they would like to let us know that at times when the smell has been reported it is not always emanating from the plant but from the surrounding orange groves when fertilizing is being done (when reports come in a check of their facility windsock shows the wind blowing to the south, away from us, meaning it’s not blowing from the plant).

Thank you. Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

From: Bryan Gongre
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:41 PM
To: Jenny.E.Farrell@dep.state.fl.us; Deborah Weage
Subject: Lake Groves WWTF Odor Control Project

Ms. Farrell & Ms. Weage,

I wanted to take a moment and advise the Department and the Weston Hills HOA of the Utility’s progress in the completion of our Wastewater treatment facility (WWTF) Odor Control project.

Initially, the Utility commissioned a study through our engineers to determine the source of the odors at the WWTF.  This study has been completed and the results of this study identified the head works and the screenings dumpster to be the source of the odors.

The Utility then requested our engineers to design and permit a solution to address the odor issues.  The full design was completed at the end June 2014.  During that time the Utility applied for the FDEP permit to construct the odor control improvements.  The FDEP permit was received on 3/24/2014.

The Utility let the project to bid in July 2014 and awarded the project to the selected contractor with a notice to proceed on 8/8/2014.

The contractor has ordered the treatment components and materials for the odor control project.  Unfortunately these components are not shelf ready and have to be built to specifications.  The major component of the project is the Bio-scrubber that is set to be delivered on 12/1/2014 and estimated to be operational within two weeks of delivery.  The Bio-scrubber will address odors from the head works that make up approximately 80% of the overall issue.  The second component to be installed is the screenings compactor/washer that will address the dumpster odors.  This piece of equipment is expected to be shipped during the first week of January 2014 and installed immediately thereafter.  All said, the entire project will be complete in January 2014.

Even though this is a long process, I want to assure everyone that the Utility has prudently addressed this project by specifically targeting the origin of odors and designing a solution that will address this problem for many years to come.  I hope that you find this information helpful and I would be happy to entertain any further discussion regarding this matter.  Thank you.

Bryan K. Gongre

Regional Manager


Utilities, Inc. & its affiliates

200 Weathersfield Avenue

Altamonte Springs, FL  32714