Smoke Testing

The City of Richmond’s wastewater department will be SMOKE TESTING SANITARY SEWER LINES in your area during the next few weeks.

The purpose of these tests is to locate breaks and defects in the sanitary sewer pipes that allow storm water to enter the sanitary sewer system. Large quantities of storm water in the sewer lines use up part of the pipe capacity needed to carry wastewater. This system overloading can cause sewage backups and increases the cost of wastewater treatment that affects each homeowner through increased sewer charges.

The smoke should not enter into buildings unless leaks or plumbing defects exist. Please notify any elderly or handicapped person in your neighborhood. Please make sure that traps for all basement floor drains and other sink traps and plumbing fixtures are full of water by pouring approximately 24 ounces of water into each drain.

Should you detect smoke in your building, the room should be ventilated through an open window or door. Acute exposure can cause irritation of the respiratory system. Individuals are urged not to expect exposures that cause irritation. Leave the area and ventilate well to dissipate the smoke.

Also, please notify the field technicians who are conducting the test, should smoke enter your building.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the City at the number listed below. Your cooperation is appreciated.

City of Richmond
Wastewater Division
Dale Shipp 816-776-2004 ext 122

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to successfully to complete this important effort!