The wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) of Torredembarra, located in the province of Tarragona, Spain, has suffered for years from noticeable odor emission problems, mostly during the summer season. During past years, the odor treatment in the WWTP relied on a series of biological and physico-chemical systems, which led to significant operating costs and which had fluctuating efficiency, mostly during summer season.
In order to mitigate these odor emission events, a comprehensive restructuring plan was developed for this whole treatment system. The emission rates of the main odorous compounds in all the critical points of the WWTP were assessed during different times of the year. The most relevant odour emission areas were then confined, and the headspace air treated in a series of new and retrofitted biotrickling filters.