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In an attempt to identify possible cross connections and or infiltration of storm water into the sanitary sewer system, smoke testing of various sanitary sewer lines will begin Thursday, March 28, 2013. Weather conditions, such as wind, will determine when testing will be feasible.Testing will be conducted in the following areas:1. South Central: 1st Avenue SE to 15th Avenue SE from South 3rd Street to South Dakota Street
2. North Center and Northwest: 1st Avenue North to 15th Avenue North from Highway 281 bypass to North Kline Street
3. EAST: Highway 12 to 8th Avenue NE from Roosevelt to Brown County #14
Smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. Remember, the smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, has no odor, is white to grey in color and creates no fire hazard.
If smoke enters the interior of the home or business, open windows, ventilate and leave the premises. Remember, the smoke itself is not harmful however, if smoke is entering the building, sewer gas is also entering and that is dangerous. Sewer gas may or may not have a noticeable odor. In some cases, your smoke alarm maybe activated. If this happens, determine if the smoke is from the smoke testing project. If you are unsure, call 911 and allow the fire department to conduct their normal emergency procedures to determine if it could be a real fire.
The vast majority of this type of incident can be avoided by pouring a gallon of water into all floor drains and sink traps especially those that have not been used for a long time and may have dried out. If smoke is in your home, notify the City and make arrangements for a plumber to correct the problem right away.
Crews will conduct operations as quickly and efficiently as possible. The purpose of this testing is to identify problems in the sanitary sewer system that have not been discovered to date, arrange for repairs to those problems and ultimately create a better, safer sanitary and storm sewer system for everyone.
Smoke testing will be conducted from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday.If there are questions you can contact the Public Works Department at 626-7010.