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Sewer line smoke testing in Suffolk

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Sep 27, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-27 11:07:23-04

Suffolk, Va. – Engineers working on behalf of the Suffolk Department of Public Utilities will be smoke testing sanitary sewers over the next several weeks within certain areas in the City of Suffolk, officials tell NewsChannel 3.

Smoke testing involves blowing opaque-colored smoke through the sanitary sewer lines and private laterals to “locate and identify deficiencies and improper connections that contribute to inflow and infiltration”.

The smoke used for smoke testing is non-toxic, harmless, and creates no fire hazard.

During the week of September 30, 2013, smoke testing is scheduled to be conducted in these five areas:

1. The area located south of the Nansemond Parkway and Shoulders Hill Road intersection and bisected by Northgate Commerce Parkway

2. The area generally bound by Orchard Cove Court on the north, Apple Street on the east, Hampton Roads Parkway on the south, and Respass Beach Road on the west

3. The area generally bound by Indian Trail on the north, Holland Road on the east and south, and Raleigh Drive to the west

4. The area generally bound by Holly Lawn Cemetery to the north and by the Nansemond River to the east, south, and west; this area is bisected by North Main Street

5. The area generally bound by Hunter Creek to the north, Interstate 664 to the east, Cove Street on the south, and Breezeport Way/Bernhowe Manor Lane on the west. This area is bisected by Bridge Road.

During the week of October 7, 2013, smoke testing is scheduled to be conducted in these three areas:

1. The area generally bound by Speights Run Reservoir on the north and east, Manning Road on the south, and Springfield Terrace to the west

2. The area generally bound by the James River on the north, Twin Pines Road to the east, Western Freeway/Interstate 164 on the south and Interstate 664 to the west

3. The area generally bound by Indian Trail on the north, Faulk Road to the east, Holland Road on the south and Kenyon Road on the west.

This testing will be ongoing for the next several months.

Stay tuned for updates.