Lake Dallas Residents Want to Stop the Stink

Neighbors are concerned about odors coming from sewage plant

By Sara Story
|  Monday, Apr 23, 2012  |  Updated 6:06 PM CDT
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Residents living near the Lakeview Regional Water Reclamation Plant are concerned about the odors coming from the facility and are pushing to stop the stink.

Sara Story, Denton County Reporter

Residents living near the Lakeview Regional Water Reclamation Plant are concerned about the odors coming from the facility and are pushing to stop the stink.

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The city of Lake Dallas is trying to get rid of a smelly problem.

Residents living near the Lakeview Regional Water Reclamation Plant say they are concerned about the odors coming from the facility.

"It's a combination of rotten eggs and the sewer smell," Lake Dallas resident Cody Jackson said. "It's a putrid smell."

Jackson and his neighbors live just blocks away from the sewage plant. The longtime Lake Dallas residents have been living with the stench for more than a decade.

"I've raised my family here, and then, the past 16 years, you can't get outside without smelling that stink," Lake Dallas resident Margaret Tisdale said.

They're urging the Upper Trinity Regional Water District to do something about it.

"The main thing is just stop the stink," Lake Dallas resident Gene Tisdale said.

While smell is the obvious concern, Tisdale is worried about something else.

"We are concerned about our health," Tisdale said.

City leaders such as Mayor Tony Marino are listening and smelling the problem for themselves.

"It's an unforgettable smell," Marino said.

The Lake Dallas City Council is considering a resolution that voices their concerns to the water district.

Meanwhile, the water district has formed a task force to look at how it treats the odor at all of its plants. It has also planned to plant trees to help hide the smell.

In a written statement, the district said it does "not slack from [its] responsibility to minimize odors from the plant and to be a good neighbor. In fact, the Lakeview Plant has won many awards at the local, state and national levels."

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