Old Town Lewisville
LEWISVILLE –– Lewisville city leaders are expected to make a $3 million move Monday night designed to eliminate a foul odor from the popular Old Town area.
The stink has come and gone for almost four decades. And now, after all those years, they finally know what's causing it, and how to get rid of it.
The stench is coming from the city's Prairie Creek Wastewater treatment plant. That sounds like a no-brainer, but the plant is three miles away and wasn't considered the culprit until a study last year.
Abbey Day works at an Old Town Jewelry store. She always thought the smell came from standing water in storm drains.
"It's a very potent smell, very gaseous," said Day. "It kind of burns the nose, if you will."
Longtime Lewisville plumber Terry Anderson blamed the foul odor on the city's aging sewage lines.
"A lot of times, it's just a sewer gas smell," said Anderson. "It smells a little bit like a dead animal sometimes."
Lewisville officials say the stench is not a constant, but usually comes on hot, humid summer days when the wind is blowing southwesterly from the treatment plant.
"It's far enough away, you wouldn't expect it," said Lewisville spokesman James Kunke. "But it's close enough, based on the temperature, based on the wind, that you can have the issue from time to time."
The timing for odor elimination is good: The city is building Old Town Park Plaza, a focal point of the area, which will feature a walking trail and outdoor stage.
"We need to get it cleaned up, so people will want to hang out and not smell it," said Day.
If the council approves the plan, the city will spend $2.7 million on new equipment at the treatment plant. They're hopeful the smell will be gone for good by the summer of 2015.