The city of Waxahachie announced that, beginning July 6, inspection crews will conduct a physical survey of the wastewater collection system. The survey (phase six) will occur in the Spring Creek, North Grove, Grove Creek and Butcher areas.

Pipeline Analysis will perform the study, which involves opening manholes in the streets and backyard utility easements. Information gained from the study will be used to repair and improve the wastewater collection system.

The survey will include smoke testing of sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the system. During the testing, white smoke will exit through vent pipes on the roofs of homes and through sewer line breaks.

The smoke is nontoxic, leaves no residue and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter a home unless defective plumbing exists or drain traps are dry.

People with seldom-used drains in their homes or businesses should pour a gallon of water in the drain to fill the drain trap, which will help prevent the possibility of smoke entering living areas through those drains.

Field crews will perform testing of all sewers in the area. At no time will field crews have to enter a business or residence.

For more information or questions, contact Mike Rogers at Pipeline Analysis at 800-637-0164 or via, or contact the city’s utilities department at 469-309-4320.

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