Panama City Beach officials working to fix wastewater odor

Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 10:30 PM CDT
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It’s an issue most Panama City Beach residents have smelled; the odor off Back Beach Road during certain times of the year can be less than pleasant.

Mark Shaeffer from the city’s utility department gave a presentation to the city council Thursday about the odors coming from the wastewater treatment facilities and lift stations. During the presentation he explained the odors are the result of hydrogen sulfide in the air which the human body can smell at one part per million.

Now the city council is focused on possible solutions to cut down on the smell.

“There was five priorities listed today. I’d like to at least be able to attack priority one and consistently work our way down through the priority list. We know in the future there’s going to be another wastewater treatment facility here on Panama City Beach but that’s not coming for four or five years and I don’t feel like it’s right for the residents to have to wait four or five years to try to get this problem resolved,” said Panama City Beach mayor, Mark Sheldon.

The new facility will be located on the west end of Panama City Ceach.

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