Smoke Examines Neighborhood Wastewater Collection

By  //  May 8, 2012

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Checking for leaks

Melbourne will examine its wastewater collection system through a special non-toxic smoke test starting Wednesday. (Shutterstock image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA –The city of Melbourne Public Works & Utilities Department will conduct smoke testing this week on its wastewater collection system.

Tests will be for neighborhoods between Croton Road and Wickham Road from the east to west and between Eau Gallie Boulevard and Aurora Road from the south to north, including the Leewood Subdivision.

The testing is to be conducted between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday.

The test involves forcing non-toxic smoke into the sanitary sewer lines to check for leaks, breaks and defects in the system, said Jennifer Spagnoli, utilities engineer.

The city has distributed notices to homes in the area to be tested.

This is part of an ongoing assessment of the collection system and identifies locations where rainwater and groundwater enter into the system through defective cleanouts, broken pipes and cross connections with other utility systems.

The appearance of smoke inside a home indicates the possibility that unpleasant and potentially hazardous wastewater gas could enter the structure.

Spagnoli said it is not necessary for residents to be present during the testing.

The harmless smoke is not a fire hazard, will not leave any residue or stains and has no adverse effect on animals or plants.

The smoke has an odor that is distinctive, but not unpleasant.  Opening doors and windows will allow smoke to dissipate within a few minutes.

As a precaution, people with respiratory problems may wish to move away from any areas of the home where smoke enters.

For residents who have toilets or drains that are not used frequently, running water through the fixtures prior to the testing can ensure that traps are not dry, which will prevent smoke from entering the home through those connections.

Those with special needs or concerns should contact the Utilities Operations Division at 321-674-5726, ext. 201, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., prior to the tests.

Residents of homes that experience smoke are asked to notify on-site crews or contact the Utilities Operations Division at 321-674-5726, ext. 201, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If calling after hours, residents may call 321-255-4622.

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