As part of the sewer maintenance program in the City of Whitewater, smoke testing will begin on Monday, September 9, 2019 thru Friday, September 13, 2019. In case of inclement weather, testing will continue into the following week.
Each section of the sanitary sewer will be inspected for sources of clear water entry into the system. During the inspection, smoke will be blown through the sanitary sewers from a manhole. Smoke should appear from home ventilation stacks. Additionally, smoke may appear from roof drains, catch basins, cracks in the pavement above the sewer, lawns, or around homes, which have foundation drains connected to the sewer.
Smoke may also appear in homes through unused or dry floor drains, disconnected or faulty plumbing fixtures or from other connections to the house sanitary lateral. Because of this possibility, residents are advised to add one gallon of water down all floor drains, sinks and any other plumbing fixtures that are not used regularly. This will fill the plumbing trap and prevent entry of smoke. In the event smoke does get into your structure, please contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in your area. Smoke will dissipate more quickly if a window or outside door is opened. The smoke used is non-toxic, non-staining and it will not leave a residue or odor.
We ask those with respiratory or other health concerns avoid direct exposure to the smoke. Contact the Wastewater Utility at (262) 473-0560. If your call is not answered, please leave a voicemail message with your name, address and phone number. A field crew member will contact you about your concerns prior to testing.
- Why do we need to perform Smoke Testing and what is it?
- How will the smoke affect me and my pets?
- What should residents do prior to smoke testing?
- What should I do if I notice smoke in my house?
- Do I need to be home during smoke testing?
- Who has been given notice of the testing?
- Where will smoke testing be conducted?
- What if I have other questions?