FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2017
City of Georgetown
CONTACT: Suzanne Abed‐El‐Latif
THE CITY OF GEORGETOWN WATER UTILITIES DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES “SMOKE TESTING PROGRAM” IN THE WEST END DISTRICT AREA
Currently, the City is conducting a Sanitary Sewer Evaluations Survey (SSES) to identify the location of the inflow and infiltration of our sewer lines in the West End. AECOM will begin smoke testing sewer lines starting on Monday, October 16th (weather permitting).
Smoke testing is a very simple process that involves pumping non-toxic smoke into sewer main lines. This allows smoke to seep through the soil and indicate any cracks or line deterioration, which is a source for groundwater to infiltrate our sewer lines and overload the collection and treatment systems. The smoke is non-staining and white to gray in color.
The City is taking the time to notify the general public because smoke can be mistaken as fire when smoke vents out through commercial or residential sewer vent pipes on roofs or even yards. The City’s crews will also provide notices on doors in each neighborhood prior to testing. Attached is a copy of the notice as well as a map of the affected areas.
The smoke testing is set to start Monday, October 16th, 2017 and should be completed by mid-November.
If any residents or customers have any questions, please call the City of Georgetown Water Utilities Department at (843) 545-4500. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.