From Staff Reports
The Picayune Item
The Pearl River County Utility Authority will be conducting smoke tests on the sewers between U.S. Highway 11, Mississippi Highway 43 and Adcox Road in Picayune on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This is an effort to identify sources of inflow and infiltration. During heavy rain events, our sewer lines in certain areas of the city experience surcharging due to the inflow and infilitration,” McClain said.
Inflow and infiltration is where water can enter the sewer lines, causing surcharge, which effects sewer flow for the homeowners, he said.
The smoke tests are done to locate leaks, breaks and the sources of sewer odors in sewer lines, said Jeff McClain, executive director of the Pearl River County Utility Authority.
He said he does not anticipate the tests lasting for more than a day, but if circumstances require more testing, the utility authority will continue until testing is completed.
Non-toxic, white smoke will be released through manholes on the streets and will exit through vent pipes of homes and businesses, McClain said. The smoke should not enter into the home or business. If you see smoke inside your home, call the utility authority so that someone can come inspect your pipes, he said.
Flags will be placed where crew members see the white smoke coming out of the sewer lines. McClain said the utility authority asks that residents not remove the flags because it marks areas of potential leaks.
The Pearl River County Utility Authority asks that home and business owners run water for 30 seconds before work begins to help prevent smoke from entering the homes or businesses.