ECUA crews will begin smoke testing of the sewer collection system lines in the Pen Haven area for a few weeks, beginning on Wednesday, January 13, to determine if there are areas where stormwater or groundwater are entering the sewer system. An overload of stormwater into the sewer system can lead to sewer system overflows (SSOs) during periods of intense rain.
Testing will generally be conducted from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. The testing area on January 13 will include the following:
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 is expected to take three days, weather permitting. For more information or updates on the work's progress, residents may visit the ECUA Advisories page at www.ecua.fl.gov/advisory, or call ECUA Customer Service at 476-0480.
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