If you are following the news regarding the “Do Not Use” order for Lake Jackson residents related to the discovery of the Naegleria fowleri in that city’s drinking water system, it’s understandable to have questions about the safety of our local drinking water. Below are some facts about this specific amoeba, as well as what the cities of Bryan and College Station are doing to ensure the safety of your water supply.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 2 through Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, field crews from the City of Bryan’s Water Services Department will be performing smoke testing of the sanitary sewer lines to identify broken pipes and other defects. The smoke testing begins each day at approximately 7:30 a.m., and testing could continue intermittently through the end of September.
Field crews will inject smoke into the sewer lines through manholes to perform the test. The crews will enter properties to document defects, but workers will not need to enter private residences. You will not need to be home during the test.
Residents may see smoke exit from vent pipes on the roofs of homes and commercial 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.
Testing will be in the following areas: North Brazos Avenue, Hall Street, Peale Street, San Jacinto Lane, Short Avenue, West 24th Street, Bois D Arc Street, West William Joel Bryan Parkway, Sandy Point Road, McCulloch Street, Saunders Street, Dean Street, Bellview Circle, Conlee Street, Lucky Street, Bonneville Street, Monterrey Street, Neel Street, West State Highway 21, Anderson Street and Tatum Street.
Residents with questions about this process should contact the city’s Water Services Department at 979.209.5900.