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News Brief: GB to conduct smoke testing of sanitary sewers

The smoke should not enter homes if houses have proper plumbing, ventilation and water traps containing water.

GB to conduct smoke testing of sanitary sewers

Great Barrington — The town and its engineering consultant, DPC Engineering LLC, will be performing smoke testing as part of a sanitary sewer evaluation survey beginning Tuesday, June 4. Smoke testing involves blowing harmless smoke into sanitary sewer mains to determine any areas through which storm and surface water may be entering the sewer system. The smoke should not enter homes if houses have proper plumbing, ventilation and water traps containing water. Homeowners are advised to run water in fixtures that are not used regularly to fill the traps.

The testing will be conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will not interrupt sanitary sewer service. The Great Barrington Fire Department and Great Barrington Police Department will be notified of where the testing is taking place each day, and a police detail will accompany when necessary. Should smoke enter homes or businesses during testing, the public is asked to open windows to allow ventilation, note the location of the smoke and notify a member of the testing crew. The smoke will clear within a few minutes.

For questions or concerns, contact James Rivers of DPC Engineering LLC at (413) 244-6072.

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