Sewer testing is causing some confusion in Evansville. The Water and Sewer Utility Department is performing smoke testing to look for leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Its all apart of the city’s lawsuit settlement with the EPA.
At first glance the smoke may look like a sign of trouble, but its really helping the city correct a major problem that has plagued the area for years.
Deputy Director of Utility Engineering, Michael Labitzke says, “Essentially if smoke can come out that can mean water can come in during a rain event.”
That storm water entering the sanitary water system was a direct violation of the Clean Water Act. In a settlement last year with the EPA the city agreed to make the upgrades necessary to comply.
“It requires us to perform this on 20% of our sanitary sewer systems every year.”
Crews are pumping the sanitary sewer system with smoke and looking for leaks in the ground like this one, but the smoke is also casing a lot of confusion for some homeowners.…