The City of Plant City has begun a series of smoke tests on sewer systems throughout the community.
City officials have spread the word that a series of smoke tests are currently being conducted on sewer lines across Plant City.
Testing began Tuesday and will continue through Friday. There is a chance those in the area will notice smoke coming from the sewer ventilation stacks on the roof of their homes during the routine process if the sewer line being tested is on one of the following streets:
AZALEA BLOSSOM DR., BERRY BLOSSOM LN., GROVE BLOSSOM LN., HARVEST ORCHARD, TRAPNELL GROVE LOOP, TRAPNELL RIDGE DR., SAN MOISE PL., PEARL DOVE LN., MAGNOLIA MEADOWS DR., MAGNOLIA GREEN ST., MAGNOLIA GARDEN DR., CRYSTAL DEW ST., SANDBURG LOOP, KILMER DR., ALCOTT AVE., KILMER PL., MILTON PL., CUMMINGS PL., NOHLCREST PL., POLO PL., SILVER MEADOW WAY, W.TIMBELAND DR., MICHENER PL., SILVERSTONE CT., SIL VERPOND DR., SILVERWOOD DR., SIL VERSPRING DR., SIL VERMOON DR., PINE CLUB DR., STEINBECK PL., S. THACKERY WAY, STEVENSON ST., ELIOT Pl., BARRET AVE., LONGFELLOW DR., KIPLING AVE., HAWTHORNE CT., EMERSON PLACE., CONCORD WAY, CLEMENS CT., FOREST CLUB DR., PINE CLUB DR., OAK CLUB, FAIRLEA CIR, ASBURY CT., ASTON PL., ASTON AVE., CLUBHOUSE DR., EXECUTIVE CIR., HAMPTON PLACE CT., GRIFFIN BLVD., WEDGEWOOD DR., CHARLESTON WOODS COURT, EAGLE GREENS DR. and GOLF LAKE DR.
The Utilities Maintenance team said that though the smoke may be visible coming from the sewer ventilation stacks, it will not enter the homes themselves “unless they have a defect or a dried out p-trap.” Homes that may be affected were notified via door hangers, message boards, newspapers and the city website.
This is a routine test performed periodically as part of the city’s ongoing Sewer System audit. Essentially the test helps the city “identify areas where rain water and ground water are entering the sanitary sewer system.”
Angel Soto-Diaz, Utilities Maintenance Collections/Infiltration & Inflow Foreman, said the smoke the city uses for the tests is non-toxic and odorless. Before the testing began, homeowners were asked to run a few gallons of water in rarely-used sinks or tubs to reduce the possibility of smoke entering their homes.
The city said anyone who has questions or concerns is asked to call 813-757-9288 ext. 4725.