Workers using the smoke machine.
Workers using the smoke machine.

On Wednesday May 1 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 include:

Aldis St., Bellows St. and No. Elm between the RR tracks and Calvary.

Spruce St. and Lake St. between Stevens Brook and Spruce.

Upper Welden St. near Main St.

Lower Welden St. near Stevens Brook

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. 4.

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