Residents complain of 'raw sewage' smell; City claims they have 'no control'
WILMER – Local area businesses and city of Wilmer residents were flooding The Ellis County Press office Monday, March 21 regarding smells of “raw sewage” and complaints of “human feces” being dumped on property within the city limits.
City staff confirmed the smell is coming from the local farmers located just outside of city limits.
According to a statement issued by the city Tuesday, March 22, the city of Wilmer has no control over the type of commercial fertilizer the farmers are using.
The company spraying the fertilizer is RENDA Environmental Inc. located out of Fort Worth.
Renda Environmental has a Biosolids Management team who manages the removal, conversion and transport of a material called “biosolids.”
Biosolids are the organic residual of treated and processed wastewater and dredge from lakes, rivers and other bodies of water.
Once the treatment process is complete, they load and transport the nutrient-rich organic material to farmers and ranchers for distribution as a fertilizer and soil conditioner.
According to City Secretary Alice Holloway the commercial fertilizer is completely 100 percent safe.
The farmers use the organic fertilizer in place of chemical fertilizer to help the environment.
The company should be finished spraying by the end of this week.