Starting Monday, July 31, through Friday, August 11, the City of Three Rivers will be smoke testing the sanitary sewer lines throughout the City. Work will occur on weekdays from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Testing involves blowing a harmless smoke into the sewer system to find problem areas, including damaged
pipes, improper connections and unwanted storm water entering the sanitary sewer system.
The smoke used is a non-toxic substance made for this purpose that is harmless to humans, pets, food
and material items. During the test, we will be looking for smoke coming from roof vents, catch basins,
clean-outs, downspouts, manhole covers, etc. The smoke should not enter your home or business if it is
properly plumbed, vented and the water traps contain water. If smoke enters a home or building, it will
clear in a few minutes with proper ventilation.
HOW CAN I BE PREPARED?
You may have fixtures (sinks, bathrooms, showers, floor drains) that are seldom used. Pouring a gallon of
water into the fixture will fill the water trap preventing smoke from entering your home or business if the
plumbing is functioning properly. Your presence is not required during the tests, and all public safety
authorities will be notified of this event.
We would appreciate it if you would mention this notice to
your neighbors in case they are not aware of the testing.
WHAT IF SMOKE ENTERS MY RESIDENCE OR BUSINESS?
If smoke enters your home or business, please notify our on-site personnel conducting the tests or contact:
– City of Three Rivers, Department of Public Works: Terri or Amy – 269.273.1845, or…
– Fleis & VandenBrink, Project Engineer: Colleen Walsh – 616.588.1912, or…
– Non-emergency Central Dispatch – 269.467.4195
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? If you have any questions about the test, health issues or any other concerns, feel free to contact us.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Posted July 19, 2017