Smoke test of sewer system begins May 23rd

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Beginning May 23rd,  contractors for the Wastewater Department will begin smoke testing of the sewer collection system to identify sections of the system that may allow stormwater to enter during heavy rainfall events. The testing will include the use of high capacity blowers placed over the manholes in the street to direct a specially manufactured, non-toxic smoke into the collection system. During these tests, you may notice an odorless, white to gray colored smoke exiting the manholes in your street as well as through the sewer vent stack(s) on your roof. Residents with properties in the areas where the smoke tests are taking place have received advance notification from the department. 

Additionally, 24 to 48 hours before the tests, the contractor will place door hangers on the front doors of all buildings in the test area. To prepare for the smoke testing, please run water in all of the drains in your building (floor drains, showers, sinks, tubs, etc.) to ensure that the drain traps are filled with water to prevent smoke and/or sewer gases from entering the building. If smoke does enter your building opening a door or window for ventilation will allow the smoke to dissipate.  The testing will take place between the hours of 8am-5pm and should last no longer than three (3) days once the contractor begins in your neighborhood.
The testing will begin in south Tampa on May 23rd in the following area:

North border:   South Manhattan Avenue
South border:   West Estrella Street
East border   :   South Manhattan Avenue
West border :   South Westshore Boulevard
Upon completion of the south Tampa area the testing will start in north Tampa:
North border:   West Hanna Avenue
South border:   West Henry Avenue
East border   :   North Grady Avenue
West border  :  North Manhattan Avenue
For additional information, please contact:
Eric A Weiss, P.E., Director
City of Tampa – Wastewater Department
(813) 274-8039;