Brevard County and Satellite Beach Conduct Smoke Testing On Sewer Lines for Leaks, Cracks

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Smoke testing will help identify necessary repairs to maintain proper operation

Brevard County Utility Services, in partnership with the City of Satellite Beach, contracted with Kimley-Horn of Orlando to conduct smoke testing in March and April. Smoke testing is the process of forcing smoke-filled air into the sewer system. The smoke under pressure will fill the line and any connections. Breaks in the sewer line will allow the smoke to escape and surface through the ground or pipework.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Utility Services, in partnership with the City of Satellite Beach, contracted with Kimley-Horn of Orlando to conduct smoke testing in March and April.

Smoke testing is the process of forcing smoke-filled air into the sewer system. The smoke under pressure will fill the line and any connections. Breaks in the sewer line will allow the smoke to escape and surface through the ground or pipework.

Smoke will be blown into a manhole and smoke will be visible exiting from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground. This smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, odorless, white and or grey in color and creates no fire hazard.

Smoke testing is performed within the areas of the sanitary sewer system that have seen higher flows during storm and extreme weather events.

These increased flows in the system may cause Brevard County Utilities to discharge insufficiently treated wastewater into the Indian River Lagoon during storm events.

Smoke testing will help identify necessary repairs to maintain proper operation which ultimately protects the lagoon. A smoke test is a standard procedure that will benefit the property owner by keeping the sewer system in working order.

For additional information, contact Brevard County Utility Services at 321-633-2091.

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