Smoke Testing 2012
Smoke testing helps us to find cracks, leaks or faulty connections that allow rainwater into the sanitary sewer system. These rainwater connections can overwhelm the sewer system during larger storm events and can cause Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) to the Mississippi River. The smoke testing project is a part of the City’s CSO Program which includes sanitary sewer repairs and upgrades aimed at eliminating CSO. Although the City has significantly reduced the occurrence of CSO more progress is needed to comply with the Federal Clean Water Act and to avoid fines and or additional surcharges for wastewater treatment.
Construction start date:
Testing will begin the week of August 13, 2012.
Length of Construction:
Testing will be completed in various locations in the months of August, September and October. Each smoke test will last approximately 30 minutes.
Traffic impact should be minor. We anticipate that there will be short-term lane closures and some parking restrictions.
Contact: Kelly MacIntyre 612-673-3626
Last updated Apr. 16, 2013