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Posted on: July 3, 2019


Wright-Pierce on behalf of the City of Gloucester will be conducting a smoke test of portions of the City's sanitary sewer system.

Work crews will be in the Bass Rock and Old County Road area starting July 8, 2019. A "SMOKE TEST" survey will be conducted to assist our inspection crews in locating breaks and defects in the City's sewer system.  The smoke you may see coming from the vent stacks and roof leaders on houses or from holes in the ground is NON-TOXIC, NON-STAINING, HAS NO ODOR, IS WHITE TO GRAY IN COLOR, AND CREATES NO FIRE HAZARD.

The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain pipes.

It is advisable for the home owner to pour a gallon of water into floor drains/other plumbing fixtures prior to our July 8 testing.  If smoke enters your home or business, this is a good indicator that sewer gases may also be entering your home or business.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Public Works at 978-325-5600.
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