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Clearwater conducts smoke testing for sewer lines

Published:   |   Updated: January 22, 2014 at 07:39 PM

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ISLAND ESTATES — Starting Monday crews from the Clearwater Public Utilities Department will begin smoke testing of wastewater sewer system lines on Island Estates to determine if there are areas where stormwater or groundwater is entering the system.
 
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 in this area is expected to continue through Feb. 28. For more information, residents should call the Wastewater Collection Division at (727) 562-4960 or Clearwater Customer Service at (727) 562-4600.

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