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Columbia battles sewage odor

The city of Columbia is receiving complaints about the odor coming from its sewage lagoon

Columbia officials have narrowed the problem down to algae growth along the city's sewage lagoon. The board of alderman voted last week to buy two new aerators in order to break up the algae and eliminate the odor. The board received two price quotes and selected the lower quote of $36,000 for both machines.

Mayor Reed Houston said, "We are responding to the problem. We are making headway. In fact, we are probably going to get two more aerators tomorrow night. That's going to be my recommendation to the board. These are very energy efficient and they do a great job."

If the board approves the purchase of two more aerators Tuesday, that is four new aerators and six total. This would allow for one aerator for each of the six treatment cells.

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