The city of Lacey has filed suit against a California company, wanting to recover its repair costs after the company’s odor-control product apparently blocked pipes at two city-owned wastewater tank facilities.
A company representative with Costa Mesa, California-based BioMagic could not be reached Wednesday.
City Attorney Dave Schneider said Wednesday the city has ceased using the product, which is referred to as BioMagic 500 in the lawsuit.
After the city discovered the damage, Lacey City Council had to approve an emergency resolution for the repairs, which ultimately cost the city about $175,000, Schneider said.
“All we want are costs,” he said about the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit:
In November 2007, the city solicited information from BioMagic about its product, which was “designed to eliminate odors caused by hydrogen sulfide in sewer systems.”
The city later bought the product and used it in January 2008 and 2009 at two wastewater tank facilities: 6100 Stockton Road SE and 4119 Ingleside Loop SE, also known as the Avonlea facility.
By the spring of 2013, the city detected increased pressure on pipelines connected to the two facilities and began to suspect blockages. By early summer, the city “discovered that its wastewater mains at both facilities were almost completely blocked due to build up on the inside of the pipes.”
The city suspected that the chemical makeup of the product caused the blockages. BioMagic countered with lab results, saying their product wasn’t at fault. But the city took issue with the results, alleging the company’s analysis was “flawed and incorrect.”
“They indicated it wasn’t their product and we disagreed,” Schneider said Wednesday.
Although Schneider commented on the lawsuit, the city has hired outside counsel to handle the litigation, he said.