THIS IS a photograph of the damaged Odour Control Unit at the Saltend Waste Water Treatment Works which resulted following the fire on Wednesday morning (19th June 2013). We have included another image of the unit taken in 2010 for comparison.
Yorkshire Water says that the fire was contained in a very small area of what is a huge site. The site was not evacuated during the fire as reported in the Hull Daily Mail and other media. The cause of the fire is still unknown and Yorkshire Water is working with Humber Fire & Rescue Service to determine this.
With the ‘pea season’ starting – it is more important than ever that odour complaints are formally passed on to:
- Yorkshire Water at their Customer Helpline on 0845 1 24 24 24
- and/or East Riding Council on 01482 396301.
The full impact of the site working on just one odour control unit – albeit the big £3.5m one – has not yet been fully realised. There may be no impact at all, and we won’t notice any increase in smells? But the vigilance of local residents in promptly reporting any incident will help to tackle any major odour releases should they occur.
Whilst it may seem obvious to some that the site at Saltend smells at times, it is only formally recorded complaints that really act as evidence of this – prompt calls to the numbers above can result in investigations and remedial actions taking place more quickly.