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City conducting smoke testing for sewer lines
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Clearwater, Florida -- Starting this week, crews from the Clearwater Public Utilities Department will begin smoke testing of wastewater sewer system lines to determine if there are any areas where stormwater or groundwater is entering the system.

The boundary area to be surveyed is north of Drew Street, west of Fort Harrison Avenue, east of Clearwater Harbor, and north to Sunset Point Road.

Colored smoke will be circulated into the sewer lines and manholes to locate broken pipes and other defects. White smoke will exit from the vent pipes on home roofs. The smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue, and creates no fire hazard. The smoke will not enter the house unless there is defective plumbing present or the drain traps are dry.

If potential problems are found on private property, residents will be notified of repairs that may need to be made.

Smoke testing in this area is expected to continue through May 18.

For more information, residents should call the Wastewater Collection Division at 562-4960 or Clearwater Customer Service at 562-4600.

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