SA Water's solution to Memorial Oval's stinky situation

ODOUR FIX: Roch Cheroux, Jeff Adams, Mayor Leon Stephens, Shaun Northcott and Darren Walker.
ODOUR FIX: Roch Cheroux, Jeff Adams, Mayor Leon Stephens, Shaun Northcott and Darren Walker.

A stinky situation was given a quick, but innovative fix when odours from the wastewater ventilation at the new Memorial Oval posed an issue for visitor comfort. 

Saving the day was SA Water who collaborated with the Port Pirie Regional Council and installed a three-foot green fibreglass dome over the top, which uses charcoal to filter odour and gas from the wastewater system. 

SA Water's manager of customer field services north Darren Walker explained that their team had to find an innovative way to secure the smell, that would ensure comfort for visitors. 

"The vent allows natural gases formed in the wastewater network to safely dissipate, but sitting at a similar height to the centre's balcony meant there was potential for odour to impact visitors in hot weather and obscure the view.

"With a similar filter recently installed at one of our wastewater sites in Adelaide, we already know this is a highly effective method of managing odour," Darren said. 

The council had installed a timber fence around the dome, which has helped screen the facility whilst still providing full and easy access to maintain the equipment. 

The newly installed dome was put to the test on Saturday, March 2 when the JLT Community Series was played at the oval, in 40 plus degree temperatures. 

"Working closely with council, having early discussions and understanding what we each needed to achieve was key to delivering the best technical solution and great outcomes for the complex and its thousands of visitors every year," Darren added. 

The Port Pirie Regional Council has been contacted for comment.