Smoke Testing of City Storm System Planned for Friday

Consultants operating the smoke machine.
Consultants operating the smoke machine.

On Friday 9/27 the City will conduct stormwater system testing. A consultant for the City plans to blow a harmless form of smoke into storm drains and sewers in some parts of the City. This is a common way to make sure that no sources of pollution are connected to our stormwater system, which drains directly into our brooks.

The planned test areas of the City for Friday include:
Ferris St. and Rugg St.
Lincoln Ave. between Stevens Brook and Bank St.
Fairfield St. near Lincoln Ave.
Possibly Bank St. and Bishop St.

If you live or work in these areas, please pour water into your basement floor drains and into any unused sinks. This will seal the drain traps so that smoke cannot enter your building through the drain.

During the test, YOU MAY SEE SMOKE COMING FROM VENT STACKS ON BUILDINGS OR FROM HOLES IN THE GROUND. Don't be alarmed. The smoke has no odor, is non-toxic, non-staining, does not create a fire hazard, and will dissipate in a few minutes.

If you see any of this test smoke, or if you have any questions, please call Watershed Consulting Associates at 802-497-2367 ext. 6.

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