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The City of Penticton is advising smoke testing of some of the municipality's sanitary sewer system gets underway next week.
July 20, 2015 - 1:00 PM

PENTICTON - Sanitary sewer smoke testing is set to begin next week at a various locations around Penticton.

The city's contractor Coast Pipeline will be using smoke to locate storm water entering the sewer system, starting Monday, July 27, according to a media release.

Crews will attach a smoke blower to the top of a manhole while an area of sanitary sewer main is sectioned off. Smoke is then pumped into the main line, and any cross connections or breaks should be detectable through smoke emanating from those locations.

There may be occasions where the smoke will enter someone’s home due to older plumbing of incorrect connections. The city says the smoke used in the testing is non-toxic and will not leave any residue. Although harmless, it may be irritating for some people to breathe. Those experiencing difficulties are advised to open doors and windows.

The work is expected to take two weeks, and all affected properties will be notified before work begins.

Check the City of Penticton's website for a map of the testing areas or call 250-490-2500.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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