City of Monroe to perform smoke testing for sewer system

Published: Sep. 20, 2020 at 5:07 PM CDT
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) -The City of Monroe will begin smoke testing for the city’s sewer system on Sept. 21, 2020.

Arcadis inspection crew, a vendor retained by the city will conduct the test. The first testing location will be at South 25th and Maddox Street.

City officials say the study will involve going into manholes in the streets and easements and smoke test the city’s sewer lines to locate defects in the sewer system.

Officials want to inform that smoke may come from vent sacks on homes or holes in the ground is not toxic. The smoke will not enter your residence unless you have defective plumbing and dry drain traps.

They say if this happens you should contact a licensed plumber. If the smoke can enter your residence or business, you may contact a member of the smoke testing crew that is working in your area.

Officials say if you have drains that you don’t use often, pour water in the drain to fill the trap, which will prevent smoke from coming inside. Drain traps should always be filled with water to prevent sewer gases or odors from entering the building.

They say some sewer lines and manholes may be located on the backyard easement property line and may require investigation. If so, members of the inspection crew will need to access easements for sewer lines and manholes.

Arcadis field personnel are uniformed and carry identification. They say residents do not need to be home nor will a field worker have to enter a home or business at any time.

Smoke testing will require a few hours in your area.

The information gained from this study will be used to improve your sewer services. Coordination of effort will be between Arcadis and the City of Monroe Sewer Department.

If you need special assistance or would like more information, please contact Arcadis at (484) 478-1769 or Monroe Public Works at (318) 329-2597 or (318) 329-2424.

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