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THORNTON - Dozens of residents living in Thornton say their community smells like an outhouse.

Since the end of May, the residents of North Creek Farms in Thornton say they've been dealing with the smell of raw sewage coming from the nearby Wastewater Treatment Facility in Northglenn.

Thornton resident Amanda Austin says when the wind blows from the northeast, the stench is unbearable.

"We have family in town from Arkansas, and the first thing they ask is 'What's that smell?' It's embarrassing," Austin said.

Austin says residents in their community have made dozens of complaints to the City of Northglenn and its water treatment facility. She says they've been told by the facility the stench is a result of rising temperatures during the summer months and requires the treatment facility to adjust its process to accommodate the changes.

Austin says the community first dealt with odor from the facility back in 2007, years before she and her family moved to North Creek Farms in 2013. She was told by other residents that the stench was so bad then that they turned to local and state leaders for help. The issue was resolved but not without a fight.

Austin says she and other residents and frustrated and embarrassed by the stench and hopes the city will resolve the issue sooner than later.

Jason Rogers, communication manager for the City of Northglenn, released the following statement to 9NEWS:

The city of Northglenn is aware of the odors that residents south of the plant are experiencing. We are diligently working to try and control those odors. Additionally, a substantial renovation to the facility is planned that should control the issue. Until that construction is in place, we will work hard to be good neighbors and mitigate the situation.

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