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There’s good news about that foul odor around Lake Montebello: It’s temporary

It’s not just you. There’s been a noticeable stench around Lake Montebello lately.

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works said in a news release Monday that the lake will have a “profound earthy” or “stale odor of the water” over the next two weeks as the water level is lowered to help facilitate plant upgrades.

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The Montebello Water Filtration Plant I is set to undergo improvements to help DPW continue to meet federal and state regulations for drinking water. The fixes also will enhance quality control at the plant, the agency said.

To facilitate the work, DPW will send water from the plant into Lake Montebello before it’s discharged to Tiffany Run and Herring Run. The water level in the lake will be lowered to help accommodate the expected 55 million gallons of pretreated water.

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Lowering the water level will cause temporary changes to the lake aesthetics, the agency said. In addition to the odor, which will be most profound on the east end, there will be more exposed rocks, branches and debris, and pockets of sludge will be exposed.

The plant will be shut down for 30 days after being dewatered, and upgrades are scheduled to be completed in November 2022.

DPW reminds residents that Lake Montebello is not a source of drinking water. It is a settling basin for water discharged from the Montebello Filtration Plants.

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