City of Bryan to Begin Smoke Testing Sewer Lines

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(PRESS RELEASE) Starting Wednesday, January 22, 2014 around 8:00 a.m., field crews from the City of Bryan's Water Services Department will be performing smoke testing of the sanitary sewer lines to identify broken pipes and other defects. Field crews will inject smoke into the sewer lines through manholes in order to perform this test.

Field crews will enter properties to document defects. At no time will crews need to enter private residences. Citizens do not need to be home during the test.

Testing could continue intermittently through the end of January. The target area consists of properties located within the boundaries of E. 29th St., Briarcrest, Stillmeadow, Spring Hollow, Sunnybrook, Plainsman, Warren Cir, Sylvan Dr., Sweetbriar Dr., Barak Ln., Southview, Goessler Rd., Kent St., and Broadmoor. The smoke will exit from vent pipes on the roofs of houses and commercial businesses, from manholes, and ground where broken sewer pipes may exist. The smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue and creates no fire hazard. The smoke will not enter a house unless there is defective plumbing present or the drain traps are dry. To help prevent smoke from entering a home or commercial business, please pour about 1 gallon of water into any seldom-used drain.

Residents are encouraged to contact Water Services at (979) 209-5900 if they have any questions, or email Mark Jurica, City of Bryan Treatment and Compliance Manager, at