South West Water apology for summer-long sewage stink in Exeter
South West Water has apologised to residents in Exeter after a horrendous sewage stench blighted part of the city this summer.
The company has also offered £5,000 to the Countess Wear area, the city's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has tweeted.
Officials arranged a meeting at Countess Wear School at 5.30pm on Friday to explain why the smell occurred and what it is doing to make sure that it doesn't happen again.
A spokeswoman said: "There was an unfortunate combination of break-downs.
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"This involved large pieces of kit which could not be mended immediately and there was a build up of sludge in the primary tanks and this is what started to smell.
"We are currently undertaking a big development which co-incidentally involves a new sludge processing unit which will be enclosed and odour controlled and should prevent any repeat of what happened."
Mr Bradshaw tweeted: "South West Water apologise at public meeting tonight & offer £5,000 to Countess Wear #Exeter for sewage stench still problems to be resolved."