A city of St. Peters contractor will conduct smoke testing of the sanitary sewer lines in an area west of Mid Rivers Mall Drive along I-70 that includes Old Town. Smoke testing locates defects in the sanitary sewer system. Information gained from the study will be used to improve the sewer system in keeping with state and federal regulations.
According to the city, notices will be mailed this week to property owners in the area undergoing testing and placed on doors. The testing is scheduled to take place between Oct. 1 and Nov. 9, weather permitting. Testing will take a few days in each area tested.
Workers will access manholes in order to smoke test the sewer lines. The smoke used in this process is non-toxic, harmless and does not create a fire hazard. The smoke should not enter homes or businesses unless they have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. Residents that have seldom-used drains should pour water in the drain to fill the trap to prevent smoke from entering the home.
Residents can learn more, download a map of the area being tested and subscribe to receive notifications when the smoke testing schedule is updated online at www.stpetersmo.net.