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Sewer Smoke Testing Scheduled for Feb. 7

NEWTON, NC (Feb. 1, 2018)—The city of Newton will smoke test sanitary sewers Feb. 7 along the sewer outfall beside Hildebran Creek, which runs between West 1st Street and West 20th Street to the west of U.S. 321 Business.

Smoke tests assist the Public Works and Utilities Department in locating breaks and defects in the sewer system. Door hangers explaining the tests will be left at nearby homes and businesses prior to testing.

During the tests, there may be smoke coming from vent stacks on buildings or from holes in the ground. The smoke has no odor, is non-toxic, is non-staining, creates no fire hazard, and dissipates within a few minutes.

If smoke enters your home or business during the testing, it probably means there are defects in the plumbing that could allow sewer gas to enter. Open doors and windows to ventilate any smoke that enters. If you see smoke during the tests, note the location of the smoke and call 828-695-4289 to discuss with the city’s collections superintendent.