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Old 03-13-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
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Are there any people on this forum who have personally experienced this? Did you have any adverse health effects from it other than being bothered by the smell?

I'm considering moving to an apartment 0.3 mi away from a wastewater treatment plant because of money issues...but I don't want to put my health or my daughter's health at risk if there are any major health concerns that can arise from living so close to one.
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:31 PM
 
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This would be reason enough for me to NOT live in the area. It is an old article (circa 2012...) but if this is the plant... No thanks.

Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in Elk Grove, CA 95758 - Sacramento Bee
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA, USA
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Nope. We'd be moving to Fargo, North Dakota. It is the plant located in the city of Fargo. But you know, I already backed out of the apartment just now. I found out there is an airport 3 miles away! Cancer central...no thanks!
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Old 03-13-2014, 04:52 PM
 
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Sounds like a good plan - I am upwind from a landfill, but on those rare few days out of the year when the wind shifts.... Ahem... yeah.

I wish you luck!
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Old 03-13-2014, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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I work at both a water and a wastewater plant. As a wastewater worker, you are likely to suffer from gastroenteritis from time to time for the first year. After that, you become immune. We employees are a healthy bunch, with lower than average sick leave usage.

I do not worry about catching something from the wastewater plant. I worry about being around people with respiratory illnesses.
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Old 03-13-2014, 09:33 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I also used to work at a utility that had a sewage treatment plant, and we always got many complaints from the neighbors about the smell. Eventually they solved it by high pressure food-grade vanilla shot into the air at regular intervals. In the Tacoma, WA area, when you pass the treatment plant on the freeway you used to almost gag, now it's better but you still smell it. Health hazard or not, the smell would not appeal to me as a place to live.
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Old 03-13-2014, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Volcano
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Yeah, when I lived in Seattle and was dating a woman who lived in Tacoma, there was a particular curve in the road where I'd always hit a kind of a wall...

Then when those foodie festivals started, we talked about the new one called "The Taste of Seattle; The Smell of Tacoma..."
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Old 03-14-2014, 05:15 AM
 
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No, but I can relate being that the river where I live used to smell just awful back in the day. If you lived here you kind of stopped noticing it, but I remember when we'd be out of town and come back, and the stinking river was our biggest welcome, especially in the summer.
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:48 PM
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Location: 3rd rock from a nearby star
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Have you ever lived in a neighborhood where everyone owns a septic? On a rainy day? With older tanks?
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:53 AM
 
Location: Wooster, Ohio
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Have you ever lived in a neighborhood where everyone owns a septic? On a rainy day? With older tanks?
Good point.

When I was growing up, one of my grandmothers lived in Marlboro Ohio. It always smelled of septic tanks. The village recently got a grant to install sewers and a treatment plant. Unlike my neighborhood, their grant covered 100% of the costs. There were still people who were opposed to the project.
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