Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing to Take Place Beginning on August 27

Update: Friday, September 20th, 2019

Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing will be taking place in the Dogberry Hill Road subdivision today, Friday, September 20th, 2019.

Residents are advised that this testing involves the release of an odour-free, non-disruptive smoke into the sewer system (further details below). To help prevent the unlikely event that this smoke will enter your home, please run your taps for a few moments to ensure your drain traps are filled with water, which will block the entry of the smoke.

On Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing will begin taking place in select areas of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s in order to test for leaks in the town’s sewer system. The testing will be completed by BioMaxx Environmental, and it will continue in different areas throughout the town, with an anticipated duration of 2 weeks. This process will help discover potential issues in the current system, which will allow the town to effectively budget for maintenance and upgrades to the sanitary system. This assessment is an important component to our asset management plan that will help support future sustainability of our infrastructure.

Residents are advised that this testing involves the release of an odour-free, non-disruptive smoke into the sewer system. During the testing process, some areas that you may see smoke coming from include: manhole covers, cracks in pavement or other sewer pipes and infrastructure, including in and around your home. Should you see smoke in these areas during the dates of the Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing from August 27th to mid-September, do not be alarmed. The Town’s Public Works department will be closely working with BioMaxx Environmental to monitor the area and situation to ensure the safety of all residents in areas where the smoke is released.

In the unlikely event that you see smoke within your home please contact us directly with the contact information below. The duration of the testing will ensure that smoke in your home is minimal, and if you see the smoke, just open your windows to allow air circulation. However, if you have any respiratory conditions please let us know immediately so we can follow up with you directly. We will be announcing the areas being tested daily in order to make residents aware of any testing going on around their homes. Testing will begin in the area of Dogberry Hill Road, with streets involved listed below.

Please keep in mind that the testing involves an odour-free smoke, which does not indicate fire. However, if you discover a burning smell or smoke that you suspect may be unrelated to the testing and instead may be stemming from a fire, please call 911 immediately to reach the Fire Department. The Town’s Fire Department is aware of and prepared for the release of this odour-free smoke from the Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department by email at [email protected] or by calling 895-8000 ext. 232.

Click here to view the document containing Frequently Asked Questions on Sanitary Smoke Testing

The following mail-out has been sent to all households in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s: