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Sewer system smoke testing starting today

July 20, 2014

Photo submitted Shown are examples of sanitary sewer line smoke testing. The project begins today in St. Marys continuing for seven weeks on all residential connections.

For the next seven weeks the City of St. Marys will be conducting smoke testing to identify locations as the source of storm water infiltration problems where there are defects or improper connection into the sanitary sewer system.
Testing starts today in the northern end of the city. It will be performed on all residential structures connected to the city's sewer system.
As part of the testing, crews will blow smoke through sanitary sewers to locate deficiencies. Residents may see smoke coming from vent stacks on buildings or holes in the ground.
It is important to note the smoke is non-toxic, has no odor, creates no fire hazard and should not affect homes and businesses or their sanitary sewer service. The smoke varies in color from white to gray. It should not enter your home or business unless the plumbing is not functioning properly.

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