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Posted on: May 17, 2016

Sewer smoke testing on MSU campus begins May 18



The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will perform smoke testing on Missouri State University's campus Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Boundaries for the testing are National Avenue (east), Grand Street (south), Cherry Street (north) and Holland Avenue (west).

"We will try to do the entire campus over the three days and we will be running two crews. There will be smoke coming up in many different places within these boundaries as we move across the campus," said Mike DeLong, superintendent of the City's Clean Water Services division.

Smoke testing is conducted to locate leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Harmless, odorless smoke is blown into sewer manholes in the street, goes through the pipes and comes out where there are broken pipes and where roof downspouts, outside area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers.

The smoke testing program is part of the City's $200 million overflow control plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging sewer system over the next 10 years.


For more information, contact Stephanie Pearce at 417-874-1295.

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