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CP361  Odour Management Plans Odour Management
Background and Objective

Utility companies have prepared Odour Management Plans (OMPs) for a number of wastewater and sludge treatment sites as a result of implementing best practice codes or, in some circumstances, to meet regulatory requirements.

The benefits of OMPs include improved operation of wastewater and sludge treatment works as well as better interactions with regulators and customers.

Factors which influence the costs of preparing OMPs for a company include:

  • the number of sites covered - all sites verses selected sites;
  • the level of detail included and data availability;
  • the degree of standardisation of OMPs across a company.

This project will use the experience gained so far to identify: the costs and benefits of OMPs; whether they are fulfilling their requirements; opportunities to reduce preparation costs; and, the scope to add further value - such as improved regulatory interactions from a degree of inter-company standardisation

Benefits to Participants

  • Sharing of experience and best practice on creation and implementation of OMPs.
  • Reduced costs of preparation of OMPs.
  • Increased benefits obtained from implementation of OMPs.

Work programme

  1. Hold workshop for participants to share experience, with representation from regulators.
  2. Explore with representatives of Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) their experience of working with OMPs.
  3. Prepare report on the workshop results and the views of regulators. This will include recommendations and proposals for improving the value of OMPs, which may include:
    • case studies into how OMPs have worked in practice;
    • preparation of Best Practice Guidance into the preparation of OMPs;
    • increased standardisation of OMPs;
    • methods for increased integration, perhaps electronic, with other operating and management procedures, such as operator's logs, complaints reception, responses to members of the public, plant performance etc.

  4. Hold second meeting to discuss the report and agree on the best ways forward.
  5. Finalise report to include views and agreement from the final meeting.

Project output

  • Initial workshop within 2 months of project commencement.
  • Draft report within 1 month of the workshop.
  • Second meeting and final report within 1 month of the draft report

Related Work

  • 'Preparation of a Best Available Techniques reference document (BREF) on odour control for sewage sludge treatment', UKWIR, 2006.
  • 'Best Practicable Means (BPM) - a guidebook for odour control at wastewater treatment works'. UKWIR, 2006.
  • Optimising odour abatement for covered sewage treatment processes. CP330, 2008.

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