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City of New Port Richey - Public Works Department
Monday March 13th, 2017 :: 10:32 a.m. EDT


Sewer Smoke Testing begins in NPR today, March 13th. - Smoke is Non-Toxic, Harmless & Creates No Fire Hazard. See Web Message

The City of New Port Richey has begun smoke tests today, March 13, 2017. Testing is expected to last approximately 10 weeks. Please see the information below on what smoke testing is:

The City of New Port Richey’s Public Works Department with the assistance of Mckim & Creed’s collection inspection crew is conducting a survey of New Port Richey’s sanitary sewer system. The survey involves opening manholes in streets and easements. A non-toxic smoke will be blown into the sewer mains to locate breaks and defects within the sewer system. The smoke that may be seen coming from vent stacks on buildings or holes in the ground and is NON-TOXIC, HARMLESS AND CREATES NO FIRE HAZARD. The smoke should NOT enter your home, unless the plumbing is defective or drain traps have dried up. If you have any seldom used drains, pour water into the drain to fill the trap.

If smoke should enter your home or building, correction of defects on private property is the responsibility of the owner. A licensed plumber should be consulted to ensure the corrections are properly made. If smoke is observed you may contact a member of the survey crew working in your area. They will be pleased to assist you in identifying the source of the smoke. Feel free to contact Public Works staff as well at the numbers listed above and below.

Some sewer mains and manholes may cross property line easements or other rights of way. Whenever these lines require investigation, the crew will need access to the sewer mains and manholes. Cleaning of some easements to facilitate access may be performed prior to the survey.

Video records or photographs are to be made of leaks that are found. Door hangers will be placed at resident's homes 24-48 hours prior to work beginning in each location and will include more details and contact information. If you have any questions or observe smoke please contact a member of the survey crew working in your area or contact the Public Works Department. The Fire Department will also be in close contact with the field representatives as to when and where work will be taking place.

Thank you,

Barret H. Doe
PWD Acting Assistant Director

Zachary Thull
PWD Utilities Manager

City of New Port Richey - Public Works Department
5919 Main St
New Port Richey, FL 34652

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Non-emergencies: 727-841-4536

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