Residents of the areas around the port of Piraeus have been complaining over the last few days about the stench from the nearby sewage treatment plants but officials told Kathimerini yesterday that a permanent solution to the problem is still about a year away. The president of the Athens Water and Sewage Company (EYDAP), Costas Costoulas, said that the construction of a drying unit on the islet of Psyttaleia will be completed next autumn. There are currently some 230,000 tons of sewage at the plant, which is nearing capacity. Costoulas said that officials are trying to contain the bad smell. A short-term measure to transport some of the sludge to Germany, which began earlier this year, has had little impact on reducing the amount of waste that has built up at Attica’s only sewage treatment plant.