CARSON (CBSLA) — Smell that? County officials say they’re seeing an improvement in the air quality around the Dominguez Channel in Carson, where residents have been living with a nauseating odor since last month.
At a virtual town hall, county officials reported they are now spraying thousands of gallons of odor neutralizer at six locations every day, and aerating the Dominguez Channel. The efforts have improved the air quality by reducing the hydrogen sulfide emanating from the channel, which is the source of the rotten egg odor.READ MORE: Hollywood Christmas Parade Makes Triumphant Return To Streets of LA
“All this data tells us we’re doing the right thing, and we’ve figured out what is actually happening within the water that’s causing this smell,” Director of LA County Public Works Mark Pastrella said.READ MORE: BTS Kicks Off Second Of 4 Shows At SoFi Stadium In Inglewood
Pastrella said the county is also providing portable air filters to residents and has relocated 2,000 families to local hotels since the odor was first reported on Oct. 7. Carson has announced a state of emergency over the odor, which residents say has permeated their homes and caused headaches, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting.MORE NEWS: Alhambra Ice-Cream Shop Victim Of Smash-And-Grab Burglary Early Saturday Morning
Ultimately, the county will need to restore the estuary to prevent the hydrogen sulfide odor from occurring again, which could take up to two years, officials said.