The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 4, 2013

Beckley Sanitary Board plans for sewer testing

— Thrasher Engineering and the Beckley Sanitary Board will begin smoke testing Friday of the sanitary and storm sewer systems in two small neighborhoods within Beckley.

Crews will be working within the McGinnis Street sewershed effecting residents on South French Street, McGinnis Street, East C. Street, West C Street, South Kanawha Street, Wildwood Ave, Stanley Street and Johnstown Road.

The second area will be within the Spring Street sewershed effecting residents of North Vance Drive, Kiser Street, Spring Street, Athens Lane, Orchard Avenue, Vine Street,  Mankin Avenue, Porter Street and Woods Street.

Smoke testing is a cost-effective method to locate leaky sewers, lost manholes and faulty sewer connections.  Testing hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents can expect to see some smoke coming out of their sewer roof vents during the test.

If a resident has a faulty sewer connection, smoke might enter the house through the faulty connection.  If this occurs, do not be alarmed. The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining and free of oil and colored particles and creates no fire hazard.

During the day prior to the date of the scheduled testing, pour water down all drains in your home or building to ensure your U-bend sewer traps are full.

Additional notification will be given 24 to 48 hours prior to testing.

If  you have any questions, contact Matt Huffman at 304-673-3061 or John Peplowski at 304-578-4001. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.