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November 29, 2022

Smoke testing begins this week in southwest Bryan

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Residents in southwest areas of Bryan may see smoke emanating from various areas as contractors with the City of Bryan perform smoke testing on sanitary sewer lines. Testing will continue intermittently through November and December in the following areas: Independence Avenue, Industrial Boulevard, Providence Avenue, Shiloh Avenue, Stone City Drive, and W 28th Street.

Residents may see smoke exiting from vent pipes on the roof of homes and commercial businesses, manholes, and the ground where broken sewer pipes may exist. The non-toxic smoke is not a fire hazard and does not leave a residue. The smoke will not enter a house unless there is defective plumbing present or drain traps are dry. Residents and business owners can help prevent smoke from entering their buildings by pouring about one gallon of water into seldom-used drains.

Smoke testing helps identify broken pipes and other defects by having field crews inject smoke into the sewer lines through manholes. During this process, crews will enter properties to document the defects, but they will not enter private residences. You do not need to be home during the testing.

Those with questions about this process, should contact the City of Bryan’s Water Services Department at 979.209.5900.

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