Smoke Testing Checks Palm Bay Wastewater Collection

By  //  August 3, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – A special test next week will gauge the effectiveness of the wastewater collection in Palm Bay.

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

Palm Bay public information spokeswoman Yvonne Martinez said the Palm Bay Utilities Department will be conducting smoke testing on its wastewater collection system Tuesday through Thursday.

The test involves forcing a non-toxic smoke into the sanitary sewer lines to check for leaks, breaks, and defects in the system. T

Martinez said the testing will be conducted between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day, weather permitting.

She said it is not necessary for residents to be present while testing is being conducted.

For a detailed map of the areas that will be affected, please visit

Areas scheduled for testing include:

•  Area north of Malabar Road bounded by Belvedere Road NW on the west, Australian Road NW on the north, Benchor Road NW on the east and Capeador Street NW to the south.

•  Area south of Malabar Road NW bounded by Greenacre Drive SE and Cownie Avenue SE on the west, Emerson Drive SE on the east, and Grandeur Street SE to the south.

•  Sloneridge Subdivision east of Garvey Road SW.

•  Area in the northeast quadrant of the city bounded by Turkey Creek on the west, Hulda Drive NE and Kosuth to the north, Jersey Lane NE and James Circle NE on the east, and the Town of Malabar to the south.

The purpose of the test is to identify locations where rainwater and groundwater enter into the system through unauthorized connections, defective cleanouts, broken pipes, and cross connections with public storm drain systems, Martinez said.

Unauthorized connections can include roof gutters and downspouts, yard drain systems, foundation drains, sump pumps, and customers not being billed for services provided. The appearance of smoke inside a home or business indicates the possibility of unpleasant and potentially hazardous wastewater gases that may be entering the structure.

The smoke is not a fire hazard, and it will not leave any residue or stains.  There are no adverse effects on plants or animals from the smoke.  The smoke is harmless and has a distinctive, but not unpleasant odor.

As a precaution, individuals with respiratory problems may wish to move away from areas within the home that are defective and are allowing smoke to enter.

Those with special health needs or concerns should call the Palm Bay Utilities Department at 321-952-3410.