Notice of Wastewater Collection System Smoke Testing

Meaford, Ontario – June 17, 2015 – The Municipality of Meaford will be smoke testing the sewer lines in the downtown area (see map) from Monday June 22nd, 2015 to Friday June 26th, 2015 to identify the location of leaks. Notices will be mailed to properties within the project area.

The smoke testing will be conducted by Benko Sewer Service. The smoke from the testing process may be seen coming from roof vents, building foundations, eaves troughs, or manhole covers. The smoke will not enter your home if it is properly plumbed, vented and your water traps contain water. The smoke is a non-toxic, odourless substance, which is harmless to humans, pets, food, and material goods.

If you detect smoke in your home, please report it to the crews working in the street conducting the testing. Please avoid unnecessary exposure to the smoke, because although the smoke is non-toxic it may be irritating to the nasal passages of some people. If you experience irritation, it should be temporary and should quickly disappear once exposure has ceased.

In 2014, the Municipality of Meaford engaged the Ainley Group to conduct an Inflow and Infiltration Study to determine the location and extent of groundwater and stormwater entering into the Municipality’s Wastewater Collection System. As an extension of this study, the Municipality is continuing this evaluation by means of smoke testing the sanitary sewer mains and lateral connections to identify the location of the leaks, focusing on the downtown core and surrounding area.

smoke testing will be taking place in the Meaford downtown core from Susan Street to Margaret STreet, and from Pearson street to bayfield Street. Affected property owners will receive a notice in the mail. If you are not sure if you fall into this area, please call 519-538-1060.

For more information on the Wastewater Collection System Inflow and Infiltration Study, and associated Smoke Testing inspections, please contact the Municipality of Meaford Operations Department.

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For more information contact: 

Chris Collyer
Chief Operator, Environmental Services
Municipality of Meaford
ccollyer@meaford.ca
519-538-1060 ext 1500

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