Press Release - Smoke Testing Program

NEWS RELEASE – CITY OF MARSHALL, TEXAS

MARSHALL WATER UTILITY DEPARTMENT

DISTRIBUTION & COLLECTION DIVISION

SEPTEMBER 6, 2012

 

Re:   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE CITY OF MARSHALL WATER UTILITY DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES SMOKE TESTING PROGRAM TO LOCATE SEWER LINE INFILTRATION LOCATIONS.

 

As part of our annual program to reduce groundwater infiltration into our hundreds of miles of sewer lines throughout town, weather permitting, our Distribution & Collection Division of the Water Utilities Department will begin smoke testing sewer lines on Monday, September 10th.

Smoke testing is a very simple process that involves pumping non-toxic smoke into sewer main lines, allowing smoke to seep up through the soil and indicate any cracks or line deterioration which is a source for groundwater to infiltrate our sewer lines and overload the collection and treatment system. The smoke testing program also allows the city to locate problems in private sewer lines that need to be repaired. Once locations are identified, city crews will repair infiltration sources in our sewer mains and notify customers of any private line repairs they need to make.
 

We take the time to notify the general public because the smoke can be mistaken as a fire, when smoke vents out through commercial or residential sewer vent pipes on their roof or even in their yard. City crews will also set out door hangers in each neighborhood prior to testing, alerting everyone of why they may be seeing smoke. Attached is a copy of the door hanger and a smoking testing information sheet.

The smoke test program is set to start next Monday and should be completed by the end of September. Our testing schedule will be as follows:

Sept 10th – 17th
Main Street and Lake Street neighborhood area
Main Street to Third Street, and south to Grand Ave.
Sept 17th – 28th
Johnson Street neighborhoods
 

If residents or customers have any questions, they may call 903-935-4485.


Distributed by:

J. C. Hughes, Public Works Director

903-503-4503 (cell)

jchughes@marshalltexas.net

 

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