City to do smoke test on sewer lines

Published 6:30 pm Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The City of Brewton will be testing sanitary sewer lines in the area from Douglas Avenue (US 31) to Sowell Farm Road and Fairview Circle to Liles Boulevard on Tuesday, May 24, by the use of smoke. The smoke should not enter any premises unless a leak is present.

The presence of smoke in your house should be reported immediately to the personnel conducting the test, or by calling the Utilities Department at 809.1780. It is normal for the smoke to come out house plumbing vents, and it will also come out any untrapped service.

Avoid unnecessary exposure to the smoke. The smoke is relatively harmless but may be irritating to nasal passages.  Any smoke irritation will be temporary and should quickly disappear after exposure has ceased.  Persons with heart and respiratory ailments, such as emphysema, should leave the house if smoke enters the house.  House pets will react in a manner similar to a prudent person and leave the smoky areas.  To minimize the chance of smoke entering the house, please pour water into all drains including floor drains prior to the date of test.

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These tests are being conducted as a part of the preparation of an application to obtain grant funding to rehabilitate the existing sanitary sewer lines in this proposed project area.