Why does Hermitage smell so bad? Officials say there are 2 issues

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Residents in Hermitage are complaining that the area stinks.

Homeowners in the Meadows at Seven Points neighborhood say they keep getting strong wafts of sewage, and recently it’s been getting worse.

“We can’t even sit outside and enjoy our deck because of the smell,” said resident Sharon Donoho. “My husband is like, ‘Let’s just sell and leave,’ but I don’t want to.”

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

The main source of the complaints are customers at Jackson Downs shopping center and the Meadows at Seven Points. News 2 found out there are two different sources of the smell.

At a meeting Tuesday night, the homeowners association along with Metro Water Services and Councilman Steve Glover told homeowners they’re getting hit from two different places.

The first is Percy Priest Lake. A naturally-occurring algae can at times, like when the water is low, produce a smell like rotten eggs.

The second hits closer to home. The developer of Meadows at Seven Points didn’t put in a deodorant filtration system when it built the neighborhood.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Glover says the planning department never told the developer to do so, so it never got done.

At the meeting, Metro Water Services announced it would be installing the filtration system and footing the bill.

“It’s a horrible smell and we pay way too much money for these homes where you can’t enjoy your outside,” said homeowner Lorraine Hill.

Hill says the city has put in deodorant blocks before and that didn’t work. She hopes this time the fix will be permanent.

Metro Water Services says it will cost about $1,000 to $2,500 to maintain the filtration system every month. The work should be complete in about six months.

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