MONROE — The City of Monroe Water Resources Department will conduct sewer system smoke testing at various locations throughout Monroe, beginning Jan. 8 and continuing until mid-March.
Smoke testing involves blowing a harmless smoke product into sewer manholes to find defects in sewer pipes and other system components. Repairing defects protects the system from excessive rainfall, preventing overflows and overloading at the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
Uniformed staff members are present and available to answer any questions during each smoke testing operation. There is typically no risk or impact to homes or businesses, and if smoke does enter a residence or business, it can be quickly dispersed by opening a door or window for a few minutes. Staff notifies police and fire departments prior to each day of testing as a precaution. If you detect smoke in your home or business, and unsure of the source, dial 911.
“Smoke testing is part of a comprehensive sewer system asset management program that allows prompt and efficient condition assessment and needed sewer system repairs,” said Russell Colbath, the city’s water resources director.
Call the water resources department at 704-282-4601 for details.