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Posted on: July 23, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Smoke Testing

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The City of Moscow Water Reclamation Conveyance (WRC) will be smoke testing the sanitary sewer lines as part of continuing effort to provide a safe, economical and environmentally sound sewer system. Smoke Testing procedures have been used for over 40 years in municipalities  throughout the country and are recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an effective means of identifying potential problem areas in a sewer system. The results from smoke testing will help us locate any sewer line breaks or defects and also help us identify locations where storm water unnecessarily enters the sanitary sewer system. The “smoke” is not true smoke, but rather a mist containing a large percentage of atmospheric moisture that is highly visible at low concentrations.  It is not harmful, but those with respiratory problems such as asthma, emphysema, or other respiratory conditions, should avoid contact with the smoke. To minimize the chance of smoke entering your home or business please pour water into all drains, including floor drains and clothes washer drains. The water caught in the trap creates a barrier the smoke cannot pass through. In unlikely event that you do find the presence of smoke in your home or business, open windows to ventilate and report it immediately. A door hanger will be placed by WRC field crew members on locations within the smoke testing areas.


Water Reclamation Conveyance Department
2221 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, ID 83843
Business Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:00 am-4:00 pm
Supervisor :Tony Waters  208-883-7110  
Office:Jodi Dimmick  208-882-2725
Manager:Todd Swanstrom  208-883-7091

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