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Clearwater Conducts Smoke Testing for Sewer Lines

9/19/2013 4:42:21 PM

Contact: Public Utilities Dept., (727) 562-4960

For Immediate Release

Sept. 19, 2013

Clearwater Conducts Smoke Testing for Sewer Lines

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Starting today, Sept. 19, crews from the Clearwater Public Utilities Department began smoke testing of wastewater sewer system lines to determine if there are any areas where stormwater or groundwater is entering the system. The area to be surveyed is along Jeffords Street between Hillcrest to Missouri avenues and also from Jeffords to Druid Road. (The stretch of road from Lake to Hillcrest avenues was tested last month.)

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, Oct. 4. For more information, residents should call the Wastewater Collection Division at (727) 562-4960 or Clearwater Customer Service at (727) 562-4600.