Stench from raw sewage keeping some HVGB residents indoors

Raw sewage at two new lifting stations backed up with waste is causing a foul odour in a neighbourhood of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The stench of sewage in an area of Happy Valley-Goose Bay has caused many residents to stay inside their homes. (CBC)

Some residents of Happy Valley-Goose Bay say it stinks to live there — literally.

Raw sewage at two new lifting stations that are backed up with waste has been causing a foul odour in an area of the town for a couple of weeks. 

Happy Valley-Goose Bay resident Cora Best says the smell has caused her to leave her garden, and go back indoors many times in recent weeks. (CBC)

The smell has forced residents like Cora Best to stay inside her home.

"It's just, it's just gross," said Best.

"Some nights you go out there, you've just got to back in your house. It's just like sticking your head in the toilet — that's a bad thing to say, but it's not, it's not nice."

The town said the smell is emanating from two new lifting stations that have been acting like septic tanks, holding the waste, and leaving the neighbourhood with the foul odour.

Wayne Wall is the town's water and sewer superintendent.

He said the situation should improve next week when a new wastewater treatment facility opens.

Water and sewer superintendent Wayne Wall says the new water treatment facility will be able to accommodate the waste of almost 20,000 people. (CBC)

"After the 16th [of September], that weekend, we're up and running," said Wall.

"And hopefully the smell's going to go away, and I'm pretty sure it will. We have 18 other lift stations and we have no complaints of sewer smell at all."

The new treatment plant on Mud Lake Road is designed to service a community of almost 20,000.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay has a population of approximately 8,000.