Foul smell in Manasass believed to be caused by industrial runoff in sewers

MANASSAS, Va. (WJLA) - City workers in Manassas spent the day working on the main sewer line that runs beneath the Sandy Court neighborhood, searching for the source of a foul smell.

Neighborhood residents said the smell really began to emerge with rising temperatures and sporadic bouts of heavy rain. Many believe the source of the smell is a holding pond for industrial waste at a nearby micron plant. After receiving calls about the smell, the fire department conducted tests on the pond and found substantial levels of hydrogen sulfide.

It is runoff from that holding pond that residents believe is backing up in the sewer lines and creating the smell, which one resident described as a combination of rotten eggs and raw sewage. Now, city leaders are working to solve the problem that has many concerned for their health.