Testing will run over the next two weeks as part of ongoing efforts to improve the sanitary sewer system.
Lawson, Mo. (October 25, 2019) – Missouri American Water is scheduled to begin smoke testing of the sanitary sewers in Lawson, MO the week of October 28. TREKK Design Group. LLC has been retained by Missouri American Water to conduct the testing.
The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, odorless, white to gray in color, creates no fire hazard and is not harmful to pets. Contractors have been leaving door tags at residences and buildings with more detailed information.
The smoke will not enter a residence/building unless there is defective plumbing in the location or dried up drain traps. If smoke is detected, customers are advised to ventilate the room with an open window or door. Customers can also notify the field technician on site, or call 816-835-9680. Customers can reduce the chance of smoke entering a residence by pouring water into drains that are seldom used.
As stated above, if smoke does get into a residence/building, it does indicate a plumbing defect. This is important to identify because if smoke can enter a building, so can sewer gas which smells bad and can be hazardous to your health. Plumbing defects can be a simple fix. If smoke is detected, a customer needs to notify the contractor working on behalf of Missouri American Water immediately.
The area being tested is roughly south of Highway D and East of Garner and South Raum. Door hangers will be distributed to the houses in the area being tested, and will have instructions for filling drain traps and what to do if the smoke enters your house or business.
“The smoke testing is important to find and eliminate excessive flow into the sewer system to help prevent backups in the system and to extend the life of the system.”. said Roger Sparks, engineering manager in St. Joseph
The smoke testing will generally take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Weather-pending, the work is expected to be completed by Mid-November.
Missouri American Water
Missouri American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.5 million people.
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