Sewer Smoke Testing

The City of Dunsmuir Sewer Department will be cleaning and smoke testing the sewer collection system on May 8th and 9th. This project is being done in an effort to help limit the cost of sewage treatment plant expansions that will be necessary over the next few years due to Inflow and Infiltration.   

The smoke testing will include the following areas. Schearer Ave., Grover St, Edyth St., Vernie St., Sacramento Ave.(6100-6200) Wood St., Wood Alley, Cherry St., Pine St. (upper), (5700 Blk) Castle Ave, Shasta ave, Spruce St. and Willow St. Others could be affected in the general area of these streets. The Smoke Testing is an integral part of this maintenance program aimed at reducing rainwater and ground water infiltrating the sewers. The smoke will escape through cracks, breaks, storm water tie-ins such as rain gutters on houses, and uncapped clean-outs. 

The Smoke is not toxic and will not harm anyone but occasionally smoke will come out of drains in houses that are not piped properly. If this happens at your house or business we suggest you contact the building inspector and a plumber to fix the problem as soon as possible because if the smoke gets in your house so will sewer gases which could be toxic or explosive if the right conditions exist.