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Tuesday, January 24, 2006 - Page updated at 12:55 PM

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Stink hits the air in Seattle this morning

Seattle Times staff reporter

Many Seattleites woke up to a dank, putrid smell this morning when an odor control unit at a sewer substation malfunctioned.

The unit that controls the odor of sewage at the Lake City regulator station failed, causing stinky air to seep through the city's manholes and into the air.

The station, located on North 40th Street between the University Bridge and the University of Washington, carries sewage from north Seattle near Matthews Beach through pipes that eventually end up at the county's wastewater treatment plant in Magnolia.

Gary Larson, spokesman for King County's wastewater treatment division, said the odor control unit at the station cleans the air while the sewage is passing through.

"Because it malfunctioned, the system flooded and there was so much excess water going through it, it couldn't handle it and stopped treating the air," Larson said.

He said the county was draining the unit and will restart it, but by mid-morning most of the foul smell problem was controlled.

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