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January 10, 2023

Smoke testing to begin Jan. 12 in central/west areas of Bryan

Some residents may see smoke emanating from central/west areas of Bryan starting Jan. 12 as the city’s contractor performs smoke testing on sanitary sewer lines.

Testing will continue intermittently throughout January in the following areas: Ash Street, Austin Street, Boulevard Street, Bowery Street, California Street, Chicago Street, Columbus Avenue, Dean Street, Fairview Street, Fig Street, Florida Street, Grant Street, Hall Street, Harlem Lane, Jackson Avenue, Jenkins Street, Jones Street, Juniper Street, Live Oak Street, Lopez Street, Lowery Street, Madison Avenue, Moon Street, Muckleroy Street, N. Parker Avenue, N. Sims Avenue, N. Sterling Avenue, N. Texas Avenue, Nevada Street, New York Street, Pauline, Pin Oak Street, Pine Street, Red Oak Street, Restmeyer Street, Rollins Avenue, San Jacinto Lane, Star Street, Tidwell Avenue, Turkey Street, W. 14th Street, W. 15th Street, W. 16th Street, W. 17th Street, W. 18th Street, W. MLK Street, W. Pruitt Street, Walnut Street, Water Oak Street, Wellington Avenue, and White Oak Street.

Residents may see smoke exit from vent pipes on the roofs of homes and businesses, manholes and the ground where broken sewer pipes may exist. The smoke is non-toxic, does not leave a residue and does not create a fire hazard. 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. Crews will enter properties to document the defects, but they will not enter private residences and you do not need to be home during the process.

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

Map detailing area smoke testing will occur.

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