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May 6, 2023

Smoke testing underway in areas of Historic Downtown Bryan

Some residents may see smoke emanating in areas of Historic Downtown Bryan as field crews from the City of Bryan’s Water Services perform smoke testing on sanitary sewer lines. This work is dry weather dependent and may be postponed due to rain. Testing starts May 1 and could continue intermittently through the end of June in the following areas:

Anderson St, Beck St, Bluegrass St, E 21st St, E 22nd St, E 23rd St, E 24th St, E 26th St, E 27th St, E 28th St, E 29th St, E 30th St, E 32nd St, E MLK St, E Pruitt St, E WJB Pw, East Dr, Finfeather Rd, Hall St, Hammond St, Hudson St, Konecny St, Milwaukee St, N Alamo Av, N Baylor Av, N Brazos Av, N Bryan Av, N Congress St, N Logan Av, N Main St, N Parker Av, N Randolph Av, N Reed Av, N Sims Av, N Sterling Av, N Tabor Av, N Washington Av, Regent Av, Restmeyer St, Roberts St, S Alamo Av, S Baylor Av, S Brazos Av, S Bryan Av, S Congress St, S Houston Av, S Logan Av, S Main St, S Parker Av, S Randolph Av, S Reed Av, S Sims Av, S Sterling Av, S Tabor Av, S Texas Av, S Washington Av, San Jacinto Ln, Sandy Point Rd, Short Av, Tatum St, W 14th St, W 15th St, W 16th St, W 17th St, W 18th St, W 21st St, W 22nd St, W 23rd St, W 24th St, W 26th St, W 27th St, W 28th St, W 29th St, W 30th St, W 31st St, W 32nd St, W 33rd St, W MLK St, W Pruitt St, and W WJB Pw.

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.

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.

Those with questions about this process, should contact Water Services at 979.209.5900.

Smoke testing map of downtown area effected.

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