Progress made at sewer plant

A project designed to make the Grand Haven/Spring Lake Sewer Authority treatment plant a better neighbor is near completion.
Alex Doty
Dec 2, 2013

Construction crews are putting the final touches on the $3.8 million project, which updates the disinfection and odor-control processes at the facility on Grand Haven's east side.

“It’s going well and I wish we were done,” plant manager John Stuparits said. “We’re way ahead of schedule.”

The project was funded with a combination of local money and bond funds. In March, the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners issued $2.3 million in bonds to finance the project. The Grand Haven/Spring Lake Sewer Authority funded the rest of the project with money in its Plant Modification account.

“We were hoping it’d be done this week," Stuparits said last week. "But with the cold and wet weather, it’s delayed some things."

Despite the inclement fall weather, Stuparits said conditions during the summer were ideal for the project.

“The weather this summer was incredible,” he said. “I think there was two or three days they couldn’t work due to the weather.”

The changes are aimed at making the sewer treatment plant a better facility for the surrounding neighborhood and the community.

The ultraviolet disinfection process will remove the potential hazards of chemical disinfection, and it will also improve the outcomes of disinfection, Stuparits explained. It should be up and running sometime this week.

“It just makes us a safer neighbor,” he said.

Another major change is the addition of new odor-control measures. This is expected to fix the stink that emanates from the plant.

The odor-control project consists of a centralized system to collect and treat combined odor sources. It includes new biofilters and scrubbers; a new odor-control building; and fans, controls and associated processes to cut down on the smell from treating wastewater.

“Will it truly eliminate it? No," Stuparits said. "But I believe it’ll significantly reduce the odors.”



Thank God!! My dog can't stand playing at the new nice dog park behind this odor factory!!!! Ten times worse than any paper mill stink!!!! Hope it works!!!!!!!!


The smell was already reduced a lot by just the covers over the open basins. By late fall with just the covers on the smell was not noticeable downwind at the boat launch anymore.
I would think it was more the owners olfactory rejection of the park, as the dogs seem to really enjoy the smells there! I see them smelling butts and rolling on the grass to rub the smells all over themselves. I am glad they built that dog park there, it gets used a lot and is great to exercise the dogs off leash on the east side.


If this odor was anywhere near downtown or the west side of Grand Haven the problem would have been rectified years ago, east side of town isn't a priority! Yes, it,s a nice dog park, I see lots of unlicensed dogs every time I go there!!!!


The smell kind of gets trapped in your motorcycle helmet so you breath particulates of everyone's sewage just a bit longer and a bit more focused. I agree if the mayor smelled it everyday it probably would have been attended to a long time ago.

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