VILLAGE OF DEPEW SMOKE TESTING
June 20, 2022
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