Etaples-Le Touquet's wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) is based on a coastal area of the Artois-Picardie region. The pollution load can vary from 20,000 p.e. to 60,000 p.e. over a weekend or in summer. The Collectivity and the Water Agency decided to cover and ventilate the main odour source points of the plant. The foul air was directed to a 2,500 m3/h inorganic bed biofilter (Alizair(r)) for odour control. An odour monitoring took place during the first year of operation taking into account cold and warm seasons, high and low tourism seasons.
The Alizair biofilter appeared an appropriate odour control process for small sized wastewater treatment plants, easy to operate and efficient even in areas where tourism seasons have a great impact on the pollution load arriving at the plant. The neighbourhood did not complain about odours any more and the operator was very confident with such a simple and effective system.
The local Authorities and the Water Agency agreed to recommend Alizair biofilters with an autotrophic biomass adapted in the case of an old WWTP that cannot be up graded any more or for large pumping stations and wastewater storage prior treatment.