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Hermitage Neighborhood Battles Sewage Stench

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by Jason Lamb

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Residents in one Davidson County neighborhood have been battling a stench that has made its way into in their community and homes.

People living along Pana Drive in Hermitage said the noxious stench of raw sewage has been seeping into their homes.

They have dealt with the smell for more than one week and said it has gotten worse in the late afternoon and evening.

"It smells like a sewer truck just came and dumped it in our yard," said one neighbor in the area.

Officials with Metro Water Services said the smell has been coming from the Dodson Chapel Equalization Facility, a newly constructed sewer storage basin in the area.

Metro has been running tests and draining the basin of sewage as part of an expansion project. They said the drains have not yet been covered and as a result, the odor has spread across the neighborhood.

"Once sewage sits for a while, it becomes septic, so it smells even worse than it does typically," said Sonia Harvat with Metro Water Services. "Since its being drained without the covers on top, that has created an odor issue."

Officials with Metro Water Services said the odors should go away immediately, as more sewage is drained.

According to officials, crews were sent out on Saturday to turn off exhaust fans in order to limit the smell from spreading further into the community.

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