As stated in Your Local News Issue 163, Tenterfield Shire Council has engaged a contractor to undertake smoke testing throughout the Tenterfield sewer network. Due to flooding down South affecting the contractors work schedule, these works will now commence on Monday 8th August 2022.
The aim of this process is to establish where stormwater is infiltrating our sewer system putting increased demand on the Sewerage Treatment Plant during rain events
To check for entry of stormwater into the sewers, contractors will “smoke bomb” the sewer system by forcing smoke up the Council sewer pipes and into house drainage pipes.
The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining and has no odour, is white to grey in colour and does not create a fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home/business unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. Smoke coming from broken pipes, grates or downpipes may indicate that stormwater enters the sewer from your property and/or sewer gases may also be entering your home or business.
Any potential issues found during this process will be communicated between council and the house/business owner to establish a plan to rectify any problems found.