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Posted on: July 26, 2018

Sewer smoke testing in Robberson and Weller neighborhood begins Monday



The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will perform sanitary sewer smoke testing in sections of the Robberson and Weller neighborhoods beginning Monday, July 30.

The boundaries of the testing area are roughly between Turner Street (north) and Division Street (south) and between Delaware Avenue (west) and Barnes Avenue (east). Testing will take place for approximately one week, weather permitting. 

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 Drew Gateley at 864-1403. 

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