By Brian New

SAGINAW (CBSDFW.COM) –  Residents in Saginaw said it smelled like raw sewage, rotten food, and even like a dead animal.

Environmentalists with the city’s public works department have pointed the finger on the foul smell at a local bean processing plant where recently two new tanks were installed to help with cleaning up the plants waste water.

Along with cleaner water, however; the city’s public works director said came a dirty odor.

“So it was kind of an unintended consequence to some of the improvements that they have done to improve their water quality discharge,” said Mark White, public works director for the city of Saginaw.

The bean processing company told CBS 11 News its aggressively working to fix the issue.

Resident Brian Middleton said the smell was so strong he initially thought it was coming from inside his house

“I thought it was something in the trash,” he said. “It smell like mildew grass that gets caught under the lawn mower.”

Dale Beck described the smell slightly different.

“I was like we got rotten food somewhere,” he said.

The city said it expects the bean processing plant to have the issue resolved in the next couple days.

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