LAYTON CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)- Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality have identified the source of the smell seeping into several homes in Layton.
They say scientists have identified petroleum products in the groundwater near a gas station on Gentile Street.
“Once in the soil, the petroleum dissolved in the groundwater and moved along a natural pathway toward the neighborhood at the intersection of Gentile and Angel Streets. Along this pathway, it encountered a secondary track through a back-filled sewer trench and worked its way into the 40-year-old storm drain along Angel Street. The vapors then traveled from the storm drains into people’s homes,” the DEQ stated Friday.
Officials say the drinking water is not contaminated, but water samples from the storm drain showed hydrocarbon contamination.
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LAYTON CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)- A support team with the Utah National Guard has been called to Layton City after reports that several residents reported smelling a strong chemical inside their homes.
Steve Garside, spokesperson for Layton City, said so far six homes have reported the smell described similar to paint or gasoline.
Maj. David Gibb, spokesperson for Utah National Guard, said the UTNG 85th Civil Support Team is trained to detect contaminants.
Garside said he believes the odor is coming from a decade old petroleum spill mixing with groundwater from recent storms. He said that water then went into the storm drains, eventually making its way into the land drain system and filtered into homes.
“I am confident [this is] not a drinking water issue,” Garside told ABC4 News.
So far, Garside said tests have been run on the city water and have come back normal and are not considered dangerous.
Officials are working on containing the issue. A website with updates and sample results from the incident can be found here.
Updates to this story will be posted as details are released.