Mount Dora gets warning letter over wastewater plant as foul smell persists throughout city

MOUNT DORA, Fla. — Dozens of families still have questions as to what’s causing a foul smell throughout the city of Mount Dora.


For months, Channel 9 has reported on the problem that the mayor and Florida Department of Environmental Protection to fix.

Now, the city has gotten a warning letter.

Documents from the state’s website show the city’s wastewater plant may be in violation of state law.

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Last October, the DEP noted two different facilities could be part of the problem: the wastewater treatment facility and the local landfill. The city took steps to deal with the smell that was found to be released to their water treatment facility.

The city has reassured residents and the state the issue is being dealt with.

In a letter to FDEP from the city manager dated March 20, they lay out their strategies, saying they’ve increased routine inspections in the “collection system” in the Sullivan Ranch area, and installed odor mitigation at the lift stations.

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The city spokesperson said off-camera Tuesday that there is a solution in the works to treat the wastewater, and they ordered weather meters to track the direction of the wind and smell. However, some of the materials needed to do that are back-ordered.

In a warning letter dated May 8 addressed to the city manager from the DEP, “possible violations” were found during a compliance inspection of the wastewater treatment plant, and they needed to arrange a meeting to resolve the matter.

The warning letter went on to say violations of Florida statutes or administrative rules may result in liability for damages and restoration.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.