Bonduelle Says They Are Working To Solve The Odour Issue At Its Tecumseh Facility

Tuesday May 18th, 2021

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Bonduelle along with their consulting engineers are working to resolve the odour issue that’s been affecting the Tecumseh area for the last few days.

According to a press release from the company, the problem is caused by the wastewater treatment basin. 

Officials say that wastewater is decontaminated by aerobic bacteria eating the organic contaminants during a process called lagooning. In winter, the lagoon is frozen and bacteria are dormant. Since water has been stagnant for a long period of time when spring thaw occurs, we use aerators to release the contaminants and allow the bacteria to reach and start ingesting them. The opening of the lagoon can emit some odours, but usually only for a very short while.

“The most plausible theory is that a malfunctioning of two of the seven aerators, caused this lingering odour issue, and we are focusing our efforts accordingly,” said Rob Anderson, Vice-President of Operations at Bonduelle. “We are working ceaselessly to solve this problem. If—as we hope—this is the reason for the current situation, the issue should be resolved by the end of the week. We are well aware that this situation is a source of inconvenience for the residents of Tecumseh and we apologize for that.”

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