Associated Press – Scottsdale prepares to flush fumes

Associated Press
Jun. 20, 2007 05:56 AM
There’s an air of certainty in Scottsdale that it can finally rid the waterfront development of a stinky situation.

The prominent residential and commercial complex in the downtown area is about to get treated to a new chemical system for its sewage lines.

During a scorching Tuesday afternoon, passers-by on Camelback Road grimaced as they encountered the pungent fumes steaming up from a manhole cover.

For some like Melany Zlotnick, the treatments will be a breath of fresh air.

“I think if they got rid of it, it would be terrific,” Zlotnick said. “It’s really kind of disgusting for such a beautiful place.”

Officials have tracked down the smell and linked it to grease and debris dumped into the development’s private sewer line along Camelback Road by restaurants in the complex.

“It’s a fairly common problem when you have a large collection of restaurants in a small area,” said Mike Phillips, a city spokesman. “The organic material starts to go through a chemical process and creates a gas that has odor.”

Waterfront management is installing the anti-smell system this week. “It delivers a set amount of chlorine into the system and that’s supposed to neutralize compounds that are creating the odor,” Phillips said. “Everybody’s hopeful that this will be the solution that eliminates the problem,” he said.

The $250 million, 11-acre Scottsdale Waterfront features two identical 13-story residential towers with nearly 200 condominium units, with an average sales price per unit of more than $1 million.  

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