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  2. Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing Program Now Underway

    The Jackson Wastewater Department will be smoke testing sanitary sewers throughout the City from September 14 through October 30.  Smoke testing is performed to find leaks that allow stormwater into the sanitary sewer system.  During the test, you may see smoke coming from plumbing vents on the roofs of homes and buildings (which is normal), or from the ground indicating a broken pipe or missing cleanout cap. 

    Pink door-hanger notices will be distributed by City crews throughout the testing area prior to performing tests.  Please be on the lookout for these notices in your neighborhood and follow the information provided on them. 

    Smoke used during testing is non-toxic, harmless, and creates no fire hazard.  Smoke may be seen coming from roof vents, the ground around certain areas of piping, and possibly drain inlets.  Residents and business owners need not be present during testing. 

    Smoke should not enter buildings unless defective plumbing or dry drain traps are present.  Residents and businesses in the testing area should run water in floor drains, sinks, and tubs, making sure water is in all traps to prevent smoke from entering.

    The smoke is non-toxic but if it does enter the interior of a building, open doors and windows to clear the air.  Do not be alarmed, the smoke is odorless, non-staining, does not present a fire hazard, and will dissipate in a few minutes.

    Testing work is mainly completed in the streets, but it may be necessary for City staff to briefly walk in yards and document observations.

    Information gathered from sanitary sewer smoke testing is critical to effective system repair and improvement, in accordance with state and federal regulations.

    For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at (573) 243-2300; or visit us online at jacksonmo.org or Facebook.com/JacksonMO

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