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CITY OF NEW BRITAIN ANNOUNCES SEWER TESTING NOTICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:         October 20, 2020  
 
NEW BRITAIN – Mayor Erin Stewart announced today, a sewer testing notice to City of New Britain residents. Over the past few weeks, Comprehensive Environmental Inc. (CEI) has been doing house inspections in select areas of the City as part of an ongoing sewer study. The next phase of the study involves the use of non-toxic smoke testing for the purpose of locating sources of storm water inflow to the sanitary sewer system.  The study will attempt to locate direct and indirect connections from sources like catch basins, roof drains, broken sewer pipes, etc.  The smoke testing will be done by Martinez Couch & Associates with a CEI representative assisting the team. The testing will take place on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020.
 
The areas affected will be: Beechwood Dr., Fairlane Dr., Kerin Dr., Torkom Dr., and Stanwood Dr. 
 
“We fully understand that this could potentially be alarming to some people and I wanted our residents to know that they were safe and that this type of testing is routine. There is no cause for any panic or alarm.” said Mayor Stewart.
 
During testing, white smoke is introduced into the sanitary sewer system via a smoke generating machine at an existing manhole.  During this procedure white smoke will be venting from holes in manhole covers located on the street and plumbing vent pipes located on or near your roof surface. This is normal procedure and should not be cause for alarm.
 
Persons who should not be exposed to smoke of any type such as those with emphysema or other lung ailments should notify Martinez Couch & Associates at 1-860-929-7635 prior to testing so that the appropriate precautions can be taken.
 
Smoke should not enter your premises unless there is a dry trap in any of your home's plumbing fixtures.  You may wish to pour some water down your fixtures to ensure that the trap will be effective.  Smoke could also enter your property through defective plumbing.  
 
Should smoke be detected within the building, don’t be alarmed.  The smoke is non-toxic and nonstaining; however, it may be irritating to nasal passages in high concentrations.  If at all possible, persons with heart or respiratory ailments should leave the house.  House pets if they are inside should be provided with proper ventilation.  To remove the smoke, simply ventilate the home by opening windows and doors and report the presence of smoke to the field personnel conducting the test, or, by calling 1860-929-7635.  If possible, they will assist you in locating the source where smoke entered the building.
 
Media Contact:
 
Brock L. Weber Executive Aide to Mayor Erin Stewart 860.826.3304 Brock.Weber@newbritainct.gov

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