Crews to Use Smoke to Find Flaws in Sewer System

By KOLR10 News

Published 06/25 2014 03:22PM

Updated 06/25 2014 03:25PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services Division is testing sanitary sewers Wednesday to find leaks in the system.

The process is done with a non-toxic, odorless smoke blown into the manholes to travel through the pipes.  Wherever there are broken pipes or where roof downspouts, outside-area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers, smoke will be come out.

The testing will take place in the following areas:

  • North: East Battlefield Road
  • South: East Shady Glen Drive
  • West: South Stewart Avenue
  • East: South Barnes Avenue

Springfield conducts smoke testing in different parts of the city, in order to locate improper connections, make repairs, test repair methods, and develop a long-term Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control Plan.

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