• Amanda L. Shore

Pincourt residents still dealing with foul odours from wastewater treatment plant


Though the issue was addressed last year, complaints of foul-smelling odours emanating from the Pincourt wastewater treatment plant on Cardinal Lèger Boulevard were brought up again at the September 9 council meeting.

Once again residents living around Pincourt’s wastewater treatment plant are holding their noses when venturing out of doors. At the September 10, 2013 Pincourt council meeting, residents complained that they were having to contend with offensive odours from the neighbouring wastewater treatment plant. At that time Mayor Yvan Cardinal assured residents that there were ongoing renovations underway at the plant to deal with the smell.

The promised renovations, to be made through a combined federal/provincial infrastructure program, were said to have included a new electro-dehydration machine for the filtration of pathogens and fecal coliforms. However, a year later, the issue has yet to be resolved. Contention over the smell emanating from the plant was raised at last month’s council meeting and at this past September 9 meeting, resident Scott Hamilton asked the council about their plans for a resolution.

Mayor Yvan Cardinal explained to Hamilton that at the August council meeting it was resolved that the council would ask the company, OlfactoExpert Inc., to look into fixing the issue. Furthermore all residents in the affected area would be receiving a letter on Wednesday Sept 10, which would explain the measures the council was taking to fix the problem. OlfactoExpert’s website describes themselves as “odor management experts,” with claims of expertise in the study and measurement of smells.

Hamilton said he and several of his neighbours had emailed the mayor and members of the council regarding the smell and received no response. The letters in question had been sent to the town’s general email account and none of the writers received a response. He lamented that it was frustrating not being able to reach members of the council directly and that by sending queries to a general email he couldn’t be sure his message was getting through.

Cardinal responded that Hamilton’s grievance had been noted and would be taken under advisement. Another resident questioned council on how it is spending the city’s money. A resident present at Tuesday’s council meeting said she was worried that her money was being spent on new municipal vehicles. However, as town manager Michel Perrier explained, “They’re not all new. They’re just well maintained...They look new because our employees take good care of them.”

Perrier elaborated that it was important that the city be well represented by its vehicles. It would not make a good impression for someone visiting the town to see municipal vehicles looking unkempt. Vehicles, he said, were only replaced when they could no longer be of use and the cost of repairs outweighed the cost of purchasing a new truck.