you and the community
Odours have significant adverse effects on wellbeing and are one of the most frequent environmental pollution incidents reported to regulatory authorities.
The community is well informed and may form action groups or take legal action about any odours across their boundary, particularly if the odour impacts property value or health outcomes.
Odour is complex and its effects varies significantly, as does people’s sensitivity, which can cause conflict around perception and severity of effects. It’s important for the authority to provide an objective and consistent framework to consider odour management.
- What is odour and how can it affect people?
Who is responsible for responding to and resolving odour complaints?
- How do we undertake odour investigations and assess the effects of odour? How do we determine when odour has caused ‘an offensive or objectionable effect’?
- How do we monitor and manage the effects of odour through community surveys, odour diaries and odour management plans?
- When do we use dispersion modelling and how do we interpret the results to measure and manage odour emissions?
With the power of social media outlets, the law can be taken into the communities own hands now. It is very easy to post any type of odour issue against your company and raise the awareness of the authorities and seriously hurt your companies reputation and public profile.
If you are in a position where you think there may be an issue, simply contact the Bioaction Team and we can quickly develop a plan to protect your company or industry.
asset protectionOdour and corrosion in sewers is generally assumed, with sewer vents being closed if odour problems occur and the odours vented elsewhere in the system or at the inlet to the wastewater treatment plant. However, odour problems persist and the value of public assets is diminished, by hundreds of millions of dollars each year in Australia alone, as a result of corrosion.
When anaerobic conditions prevail in a sewer system, sulphate present in the wastewater is reduced to sulphide atmosphere, causing odour and corrosion problems in partially full pipe sections, manholes, vent pipes and other places in contact with air. Rising mains, which operate with a full ow under anaerobic conditions, contribute considerably to H S production in a sewer system.
Bioaction system design reduces corrosion potential by positive and passive extraction as well as cross ventilation.