Whitehorse residents complain of sewage lagoon smell

People who live in the area of the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse are complaining about a foul wind coming from the city sewage lagoon across the Yukon River. ‘It's toxic, very unhealthy and very unpleasant.’

'It's like chewing on tinfoil. It's toxic, very unhealthy and very unpleasant,' says Verda Heiland

Verda Heiland has lived in the area for 30 years and says the city needs to do something about its smelly sewage lagoon. 'It doesn't work. It's just a pool of poop.' (CBC)

A stinky wind blows in the Whistle Bend subdivision in Whitehorse, says VerdaHeiland, a resident of the area.

"It's a very acrid smell. When it gets really bad it’s like chewing on tinfoil. It's toxic, very unhealthy and very unpleasant. You go out to work on the yard or whatever you do, you go out for a walk and you have to turn around and go home. Close the windows, close the doors, wait until the wind changes."

The smell is coming from the city sewage lagoon across the Yukon River.

Heiland has lived in the area for 30 years and says her quality of life has suffered.

She's brought the issue up with the city before and she's tired of waiting for the odour to go away.  

"I'd like to see them put some aerators in there, put some electricity in there and run generators to stir it, to get it working. It doesn't work. It's just a pool of poop."

Brian Crist is the city's manager of infrastructure and operations.

He says it's a seasonal issue, and the city of Whitehorse is planning to sludge the lagoons soon.

"It's just something that at this point the city has to get through,” Crist says. “It's a two week period. In the long term, the city is committed to working through on some resolve."

The city says it's had three complaints so far this season.