Sewage lift station stinks up Saskatoon neighbourhood

People living near a multi-million dollar sewage lift station say it's a stinking failure.

City spending $100k to figure out problem at controversial station in Rotary Park

Workers on site at the Rotary Park lift station. (CBC)

Beverly LaPointe says the big trucks show up on the riverbank at least once a month.

Workers roll out big green hoses and then start sucking out the raw sewage that's pooled in the Rotary Park lift station.

"It smells like dead meat, it's rotten, and I can taste it and smell it when I come out of my house," she said.

Beverly LaPointe (CBC)
LaPointe was on a neighbourhood committee that in 2007 opposed building the station in the east-side neighbourhood.

It's supposed to collect sewage that flows in pipes from homes and then smoothly move it along to the treatment plant. But, it's not doing that. 

Instead, the sewage pools in the basins at the base of the station.

We have terrible odours every few weeks. They build up, they're sometimes so nauseous you just want to gag and be sick with it.- Beverly LaPointe

The city knows it has a problem with the station. And it's trying to find a fix.

It's hired a design firm to figure out why it's not working properly.

Reid Corbett
Reid Corbett is the city's wastewater manager.

"We're actually having some mechanical and pumping inefficiencies and some hydraulic issues in the wet well," he said.

"A consulting firm's working on design for mechanical and hydraulic retrofits to improve the efficiency of the lift station."

This will cost $100,000. The actual cost of fixing the station isn't known yet, but Corbett said the work is expected to begin this fall.

Meanwhile, LaPointe said she's not taking any comfort in knowing the committee's concerns were well founded.

"We were deceived, tremendously, as to the effects of this on the residents. odour-wise, cost-wise, enviromental-impact wise, environmental-aesthetics wise."