CLEARWATER – Starting Tuesday, Sept. 3, 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 area to be surveyed is along Jeffords Street between Lake and Hillcrest avenues.
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 nontoxic, 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, Sept. 20. For more information, call 562-4960 or 562-4600.