Seafield waste water treatment works

Seafield sewage works

We have limited powers to deal with smells from Seafield sewage works that affect people in the Leith Links area.

In the event of strong odours that last for some time please contact

  • 0131 608 1100 during working hours and choose option 5 then 4 for public health
  • 0131 200 2000 out of hours and choose option 1.

You will be given the option to email, leave a message or speak to an advisor.

Alternatively you can email

This email account is monitored during working hours.

We have a team of trained staff who check the area for strong and long-lasting odours.

Law and duties

We need to ensure that Scottish Water and the works operator, Veolia Water, do all they can to keep smells to a minimum. However, we can't force Scottish Water to stop all odours, because of the location of the works and the effects of weather conditions.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) also have responsibility to monitor odour release. This relates to the part of works that deals with waste which is treated, stored and transported away from the site. We will notify SEPA if odours are found due to that part of the process.

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