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Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Information on Wastewater System Smoke Testing

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(September 8, 2021) — The Oak Lodge Water Services District will be smoke testing the wastewater system over the next 3 weeks. 

Smoke tests are performed by pumping a non-toxic, non-staining, odorless water vapor into the sewer lines to detect leaks in our pipes. If there is a crack or break anywhere in the pipeline, the vapor will rise to the surface and the crew can visually see the location where repairs are needed.

If there is an issue on your property that requires your attention based on this testing, you will receive a letter in the mail from the District.

During the brief test procedure, you may expect to see small volumes of vapor coming from neighboring roof vents or system manholes, etc. The vapor should not enter your home or place of business unless there is some form of defective plumbing, or you have dried up the drain traps. To avoid dry traps, we ask that you pour three (3) or four (4) cups of water into all sinks, showers and floor drains that have not been used in the past month. There will be no reason for District Staff to enter your residence during the test.

Although the vapor used in the testing is harmless, if during the test vapor does enter your home or business, identify, and mark the location, then email Jason Rice at or call (503) 353-4202. Please note the vapor used does not create a fire hazard. 

If you have any further questions about the smoke testing program, please contact Jason Rice at or call (503) 353-4202. Thank you for your cooperation.

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