On the surface, the presence of hydrogen sulfide gas is easy to detect as it gives a characteristic rotten egg smell. However, it is essential to invest in gas detection equipment to detect the levels of the poisonous gas in the environment. This will help owners of industrial plants to control the emission of this gas and protect workers and residents who may be affected by exposure to hydrogen sulfide gas.
Signs That A Sewage Treatment Plant Is Not Operating Effectively
Many residents who stay in close proximity to sewage treatment plants have often complained about the rotten egg odour that emanates from these plants. This is one of the signs that indicates that the plant is not operating effectively. The other signs include insects and rodents seen in and around the plant.
Renee Dillion and Sherine Williams said in a recent article:
Andrea Hardware, environmental health officer at UTech, said odour, rodent infestation and insects are common signs of a sewage plant that is not operating effectively.
“If you are getting an offensive odour that smells like hydrogen sulphide, what many persons call the ‘rotten egg’ smell, it means that the system is not being maintained at its optimum and the system is not healthy. The hydrogen sulphide odour could become a respiratory irritant; people may have headaches and nausea.”
Hydrogen sulfide gas causes respiratory problems and can lead to headaches and nausea in people. This is why it is important to monitor the air for the presence and concentration of this gas.
DEC To Launch Air Monitoring Study For Hydrogen Sulfide At Albany Port
The Department of Environmental Conservation or the DEC has decided to launch a air monitoring study for hydrogen sulfide gas, based on complaints by residents. The residents have complained about the obnoxious odours when they saw oil trains rolling into the area. Hydrogen sulfide gas is colorless and poisonous at the same time. This is what makes this gas dangerous and necessary to monitor.
“At the port, where residents of the nearby South End neighborhood have complained of noxious odors since massive oil trains began rolling in several years ago, DEC will launch a “systemic air monitoring study” for hydrogen sulfide, an invisible, poisonous gas that has the odor of rotten eggs.”
This article explains how the detection of hydrogen sulfide gas has become easier due to its characteristic rotten egg smell.