VILLAGE OF DEPEW SMOKE TESTING

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June 20, 2022

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ATTENTION RESIDENTS - SANITARY SEWER SMOKE TESTING

NORTHERN REGION ERIE COUNTY SEWER DISTRICT (ECSD) 4, DEPEW

 Division of Sewerage Management (DSM) & ECSD field crews will be performing

SMOKE TESTING of the sanitary sewer system in your area during the next month

or so.  Inspection crews will be opening manholes in the streets and easements.

SMOKE TESTING of the sewerlines will be conducted to locate breaks and defects

in the sewer system. The testing will consist of liquid smoke being placed over a

manhole and blowing the smoke into the sewerlines.  It is not necessary for you to

be present for the testing.  However, any smoke that you may see coming from

the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground during testing is

WHITE, NON-TOXIC, HAS LITTLE ODOR, CREATES NO FIRE HAZARDS,

& WILL DISSIPATE RAPIDLY ONCE THE TEST IS OVER.   

If you discover smoke in your home during this testing, please notify the field crew

conducting the tests.  If the crew is not present, please contact the Northern Region

Office at 716-684-1234.  Nevertheless, if the smoke can enter through faulty plumbing,

the potential exists for sewer gases to enter your home.  Please pour water into any

seldom used drains to fill the traps, which should prevent smoke from entering the

building. If smoke does enter, open windows or doors and use a fan for ventilation.

Should you have any questions, contact the Village DPW at 716-683-5400, the

Northern Region Office at 716-684-1234, or the DSM Downtown at 716-858-8383.

The information from this study will be used to improve your sewer services.

 Thank you for your cooperation,

Division of Sewerage Management (DSM)

Northern Region – ECSD 1, 4, and 5, 3789 Walden Ave, Lancaster, NY 14086