PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — The air is a little sweeter now that a Mississippi community is spraying vanilla scent to mask the odor of its wastewater treatment plant.
More than two dozen machines recently started blowing scented mist into the air 19 hours a day at the Pascagoula-Moss Point wastewater plant.
The owner of a wig and jewelry boutique near the plant, Gerrie Hicks, tells news outlets that she previously noticed a “foul odor” lingering in the air. She says that now it’s possible to sit outside or walk around downtown Pascagoula “and you just have a better smell.”
The Jackson County Utility Authority director, Tommy Fairfield Jr., says the vanilla scent was selected by a smell team.
Utility representatives visited Gulf Shores, Alabama, and studied the scent-sweetening system there before installing one in Pascagoula.