MAILBAG: What's that smell?

Becca of Ferrysburg asked: "Why does it smell like sewer by Spring Lake's Mill Point Park and in the area of William Ferry Park in Ferrysburg?
Mark Brooky
Jul 23, 2012

ANSWER:

"I have not had any complaints regarding the smell in the area," Spring Lake Village administrative assistant Mary Paparella said. "I recall hearing something about the wastewater treatment plant in Grand Haven and might suggest that you contact John Stuparits."

Stuparits, the manager of the wastewater plant, said he is not familiar with anything emanating from Mill Point Park.

"I know there is a lift station in Ferry Park," he said, and suggested asking that city's Department of Public Works.

George Dunning, director of the Ferrysburg DPW, said the smell is coming from the sanitary sewer pump stations located at or near the parks.

"That's just the natural sewer smell coming out from the wet wells," he explained. "They have vents and it's necessary (for their proper operation)."

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