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7/9/2021 - WPC Smoke Testing Press Release July 2021

Waterbury Connecticut, Water Pollution Control Department Conducts Evaluation of Sewer System


The City of Waterbury, Connecticut has an ongoing effort to make improvements to the sanitary sewer system.  The work will consist of external inspections of building services, smoke testing and manhole inspection of the sewers in various locations throughout the City of Waterbury.


The smoke testing is scheduled to begin July 12th and will continue for approximately two months.  This work cannot be done during rainfall or when the ground is saturated. The duration of the process may be extended depending on weather. 


Smoke testing is generally conducted in the public right-of-way but field crews will be walking around each building to detect any defects on service lines and conduct external building inspections.  Field crews will be wearing high visible vests with either Jacobs, Waterbury WPC or DPC Engineering logos clearly visible.


The smoke that is used is non-toxic, harmless, odorless and creates no fire hazard. Residents in the area of the smoke testing will receive a door hanger that notifies them in advance when the testing will occur and explains the process.



More information can be found on the Waterbury WPC website .