Lewisville Stinks. The City Hopes $2.7 Million Will Help Mask the Odor.

We don't mean to cast aspersions on Lewisville, which as far as we can tell is a fine suburb, home to 95,000 mostly law-abiding Texans and a fine lake to get drunk on. But the stench that wafts over Old Town, the city's historic downtown, is unmistakable.

"A lot of times, it's just a sewer gas smell," Terry Anderson, a Lewisville plumber, told WFAA. "It smells a little bit like a dead animal sometimes."

The odor, any mention of which is strangely absent from the city's official tourism website, has been plaguing Lewisville off and on for four decades. It wasn't until recently, however, after the city completed two studies, that officials figured out that it was coming from the Prairie Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, according to The Dallas Morning News.

"It's far enough away, you wouldn't expect it," town spokesman James Kunke told WFAA. "But it's close enough, based on the temperature, based on the wind, that you can have the issue from time to time."

The issue is severe enough that the Lewisville City Council last night was set to approve a $2.7-million redo of the treatment plant. The smell, they hope, will be gone for good come the summer of 2015.

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Eric Nicholson
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