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Smoke testing to begin in central, southeast Bryan

Posted at 8:37 AM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 09:37:30-04

BRYAN, TX — Residents in central and southeast areas of Bryan may see smoke emanating from various areas beginning the week of Oct 26, as contractors with the City of Bryan perform smoke testing on sanitary sewer lines.

The smoke testing helps identify broken pipes and other defects by having field crews inject smoke into the sewer lines through manholes. During this process, crews will enter properties to document the defects, but they will not enter private residences. You do not need to be home during the testing.

Residents may see smoke exit from vent pipes on the roofs of homes and commercial businesses, manholes and the ground where broken sewer pipes may exist. The smoke is non-toxic, does not leave a residue and does not create a fire hazard. The smoke will not enter a house unless there is defective plumbing present or drain traps are dry. Residents and business owners can help prevent smoke from entering their buildings by pouring about one gallon of water into seldom-used drains.

Testing will continue intermittently through the end of October in the following areas: Briarcrest Drive, Blinn Boulevard, Clare Court, East Villa Maria Road, Avon Street, Bankside Court, Bennett Street, Brewer Drive, Bristol Street, Broadmoor Drive, Burleson Drive, Burt Street, Carter Creek Parkway, De Lee Street, Devonshire Street, Dona Drive, East 25th Street, East 26th Street, East 28th Street, East 29th Street, Esther Boulevard, Franciscan Drive, Garden Lane, Gettysburg Lane, Hillcrest Circle, Hollowhill Drive, Holmes Street, Joseph Drive, Kent Street, Koch Street, Lamar Drive, Luza Lane, Manor Drive, Memorial Drive, Osler Boulevard, Oxford Street, Ruskin Drive, Shelly Lane, Skrivanek Diver, Sul Ross Drive, Terrace Drive, Trent Circle, and Winfield Court.

Residents with questions about this process should contact the City’s Water Services Department at 979.209.5900.