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Clearwater Conducts Smoke Testing for Sewer Lines

2/11/2013 11:14:16 AM

Contact: Public Utilities, (727) 562-4960

For Immediate Release

Feb. 11, 2013


Heather Parsons

(727) 562-4708

Clearwater Conducts Smoke Testing for Sewer Lines

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Starting today, crews from the Clearwater Public Utilities Department will begin smoke testing of wastewater sewer system lines to determine if there are any areas where stormwater or groundwater is entering the system. The boundary area to be surveyed is north of Palmetto Street, east of Highland Avenue, west of Keene Road, and north to Flagler Avenue.

White smoke will be circulated into the sewer lines and manholes to locate broken pipes and other defects, and will exit from vent pipes on home roofs. The smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue, and creates no fire hazard. The smoke will not enter the house unless there is defective plumbing present or the drain traps are dry. If potential problems are found on private property, residents will be notified of repairs that may need to be made.

Smoke testing in this area is expected to continue through Friday, March 1. For more information, residents should call the Wastewater Collection Division at (727) 562-4960 or Clearwater Customer Service at (727) 562-4600.