After the Community Council was contacted by local residents about a burning smell coming from Seafield I contacted Scottish Water and received the following response.
“Veolia have confirmed that at around 18:00 on Sunday, a blockage was detected within part of the sludge treatment process. This unexpected issue meant that one stream within the process had to be taken offline so that the problem could be quickly resolved. A short controlled release of air from the thermal hydrolysis plant was required so that personnel could safely gain access to carry out the repair. This release of air lasted for around 30 minutes. This early intervention to fix the issue minimised the impact on operations and any longer term potential impact on the community.
This short release of air briefly caused an odour that was detected in localised areas within the community. Veolia apologise for the impact this had on the local community but would like to reassure you that this is not a routine event, and that there were no other equipment problems at the time, including the siloxane filter.
In assessing and responding to the query, Veolia have been undertaking spot checks out in the community at various times today and feel that the issue described above has been addressed.”
Veolia and Scottish Water want to be good neighbours so I’ve asked them to review their communication system with the public. As Scottish Water have said the incident was unexpected and dealt with quickly but they have to keep the public informed.
Both Scottish Water and Veolia who operate the plant have websites to make the public aware and I have also suggested they contact me so that the CC can post on this site to make the locals who suffer the most aware of what’s going on.