Code of practice on odour nuisance from sewage treatment works

Code of Practice to support enforcement and good practice of managing odour nuisance from sewage treatment works.

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Code of practice on Odour Nuisance from Sewage Treatment Works

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The aims of this Code of Practice are threefold:

  • To provide a framework under the statutory nuisance regime in England and Wales within which the appropriate regulators and sewerage undertakers can operate, to minimise the likelihood and impact of nuisance from odours.
  • To provide practical advice and a framework for local authority Environmental Health Practitioners who enforce the statutory nuisance regime.
  • To set out for the public what they can expect during an investigation of a complaint of odour nuisance from sewage treatment works.

Odour form the majority of sewage treatment works is regulated by local authority Environmental Health Practitioners under the statutory nuisance provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Although the achievement of zero odour around sewage treatment works may not be possible in all circumstances, there are many different means that can be used to abate odour nuisance from sewage handling facilities which include sewage treatment works, sewage pumping stations, storm water storage tanks and sludge treatment centres.

Published 28 June 2011