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City of Albany Continues Smoke Testing of Sanitary Sewer System

Post Date:05/10/2019 9:10 AM

May 8, 2019 (ALBANY, GA) - Smoke testing of sections of the City’s sanitary sewer system will take place over the next several weeks. The process will help the city identify cross connections between the sanitary and storm sewer systems.  This is a first step in the evaluation of Albany’s sewer system and an attempt to improve the system capacity and overall function while minimizing overflows.

This period of smoke testing is scheduled to commence on May 9, 2019, at 7 a.m. in downtown Albany and adjoining areas, weather permitting. Smoke testing cannot be accomplished during or immediately after heavy rain events. Full sewer lines and saturated grounds will not allow smoke to rise to the surface. Hours and days for smoke testing will typically be Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.; however, there may be times when this work is conducted over the weekend on Saturday and/or Sunday.  

The Albany Fire Department has been notified that this testing will be occurring during these times if any smoke alarms are triggered during testing periods. While it is very unlikely for the smoke to enter a building, it is recommended that residents and businesses in these test areas pour at least 16 ounces of water down all drains to ensure that their interior plumbing drain traps are holding water.

Special arrangements can be made for schools, hospitals, childcare, and other medical facilities, as well as persons with respiratory or other serious medical conditions by following the instruction on the door hanger. The contractors performing this work will be traveling in a clearly marked vehicle as well as wearing safety clothing which will be clearly visible while working.

If there are questions, contact the Public Works Department at 229-883-6950/ 229-302-1800 or the contractor at (229) 588-2864.

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