The ''vile'' smell over Waikouaiti was caused by composted
fertiliser, including chicken manure, being spread over a
paddock, the Otago Regional Council says.
The council investigated after reports to its pollution line
of a bad odour wafting over the township on Monday and
Council environmental monitoring and operations director Jeff
Donaldson said contrary to some residents' belief, the odour
did not come from the town's Mainland poultry farm, but a
paddock next door.
A staff member discovered composted fertiliser had been
spread on a paddock adjoining the factory by a landowner.
The property owner was being notified by the council and
advised to plough the fertiliser into the ground quickly.
The odour had dissipated on Wednesday, as the wind direction
Anyone who was planning to put composted fertiliser on their
land needed to be aware it was unacceptable for it to cause
an objectionable odour beyond the boundary of their property,
''If it does, you need to do something about it.''