The City of Charlottetown Water and Sewer Utility has hired CBCL Limited to conduct smoke testing of sanitary and storm sewers in the western end of Belvedere Avenue and North River Road to Atlantic Road.
Smoke testing will take place between February 8 and 12. It is weather dependent and will not take place during periods of high wind, fog, rain, snow or extreme cold.
"This smoke testing is necessary to help us find possible defects in the lines," said Councillor Edward Rice, Chair of the City’s Water and Sewer Committee. "The information obtained from the study will be used to improve the sewer systems. It’s a proactive step to find defects and repair them before they become major problems."
The public may see smoke coming from building vents, roof drains, or holes in the ground. This smoke is non-toxic, harmless and creates no fire hazard. The smoke used for this testing should not enter homes or businesses unless the plumbing is defective or the plumbing drains, including building floor drains (P-traps) have dried up.
Residents should be aware that if smoke enters their home or business, their smoke alarms could be activated, and Alarm Services Providers contacted (if applicable). In the event, that smoke does enter your home or business, as a result of this study, please inform the on-site Crew Leader, Roland Gauthier at 902-629-5320. The Smoke Testing Crew will be pleased to check where and why the smoke entered the building. In the event the Utility and CBCL Limited require access to your property to investigate a defect in the sewer piping, you will be contacted to make the required arrangements.
"We would like to thank the public for their cooperation in advance as we do this important testing," Councillor Rice said.
If there are questions or concerns prior to the smoke testing program, please call the City of Charlottetown at 902-566-5548.
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