Dear Village of Trumansburg Resident
Beginning the week of November 27th until completion the Village of Trumansburg will be conducting leakage testing on the sanitary sewer system. It is anticipated that this testing will continue through to December 1st.
This test is being conducted as part of a study to locate and identify areas of ground and surface water entering the Sanitary Sewer System. This effort will help to reduce sanitary sewer flow volumes and operating costs at the Wastewater Treatment Facility. The Department of Public Works will be in your specific neighborhood for a very short period of time during the test period and it is not necessary for you to be at home or to change your daily routine during this time.
During the test, a non-toxic smoke will be blown into the sanitary sewer system to reveal leaks where storm water and surface waters may be entering the sewer. The smoke that is utilized for this testing is manufactured specifically for this purpose, and it leaves no residual odor or stains, and has no adverse affect on plants or animals. It does have a distinctive, but not unpleasant, temporary odor. The visible smoke and odor only lasts a few minutes, where ventilation is adequate.
To conduct the test, smoke will be introduced at specific sanitary sewer manholes located on the streets. During the test, personnel will conduct a visual observation along streets and around individual homes, for smoke exiting storm sewers, roof gutters, and other areas, which may be connected to the sanitary sewer system.
Smoke should not enter your home. However, if it does, it is an indication that your plumbing system is not installed or operating correctly. If traces of smoke from this test enter your home or business, it is an indication that the sanitary sewer may not be tightly connected inside the building. This means that sewer gases may also be entering the building, and may pose a hazard. One other cause may be dry traps in the drain plumbing under sinks, tubs, basins, showers, floor drains, and/or elevator shaft drains. Several days prior to November 27th, please pour water down ALL drains in your building to assure that all traps will be in working order during the test.
Please feel free to contact the Trumansburg Office at 607-387-6501 if you have any questions regarding this notice.