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City to Begin Smoke Testing of Sewer System

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Sewer VALDOSTA, GA – On Tuesday, Jan. 28, the City of Valdosta Utilities Department will begin smoke testing the entire sanitary sewer system.

The process will help the city identify and eliminate sources of storm water inflow and infiltration into the sewer system. It is expected to take four years for the city to complete the process. The inflow and infiltration that occurs during heavy rain events causes increased flows in the sewer system, which can lead to surcharges within the system, as well as problems at the city’s wastewater treatment facilities. Neither sewer system of the associated treatment plants is designed to handle storm water flows attributed to inflow or infiltration.

The city’s contractor will notify residents of businesses in the areas to be tested at least 24 to 48 hours in advance by using informational door hangers.

The white or grey colored smoke used during this test is non-toxic, non-staining, odorless, creates no fire hazard and does not pose any harm to the environment. Testing is scheduled to begin on Jan. 28, at 7 a.m. in the area of W. Hill Ave. and Robert’s Alley in downtown Valdosta, weather permitting.

Source: WCTV