Smoke Testing Scheduled for the Week of July 9th

Kevin PowellCity

As part of its Rapid Rainwater Reduction Program, the City of Lawrence and its engineering consultant, TREKK Design Group, will conduct smoke testing of the sanitary sewers in portions of Old West Lawrence, the Oread Neighborhood and the South Meadow Neighborhood on July 9th thru July 12th, 2018.

The scheduled areas are located (map):

  • Between Louisiana St and Kentucky St, north of 14th St and south of 6th St
  • The 1300 Blocks between Connecticut St and Louisiana St
  • The South Meadow Neighborhood: north of E 26th St, and east of Kensington Rd, south of E 24th Ter and west of O’Connell Rd

Smoke testing is a safe, inexpensive way to identify leaks in the City’s sanitary sewer system allowing extraneous rain and groundwater to enter. The smoke, which is the same product used to train fire department personnel, is safe, non-toxic, non-staining and does not cause a fire hazard. Residents may be home when smoke testing activities take place.

During testing, blowers are placed on manholes and smoke is forced through the system. Smoke exiting the system indicates a potential for rain and groundwater to enter the sanitary sewer system.  If there are no deficiencies found, smoke will pass through the system and exit through roof vents. Smoke entering a building is a sign of faulty plumbing and it is recommended that the property owner make appropriate repairs to prevent sewer gases from entering the building.

To discuss smoke testing activities in advance of or during testing, residents can contact TREKK Design Group’s Project Manager, Ron Thomann at (913) 660-8750 or Robby Hartpence at (913) 669-2062.