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Sequim to send smoke into sewers

June 18th, 2014 - 5:20am

(SEQUIM) Starting in July, the City of Sequim will be using smoke to test for any defects in the city's sewer system.

This is a continuation of on-going testing the city has been doing on a rotating basis over the last three years. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the city will start this year's testing at the Cedar Ridge pump station off of Water View Drive. The crew will test the lines north of Highway 101 going west until they reach North Blake Avenue.

Additional areas of testing this year will include the Jeannie's Meadow neighborhood north of Washington Street and west of Priest Road. Pete Tjemsland is the Utilities Manager with Sequim. He says to see if your neighborhood is part of the sewer tests, citizens can consult the city web page for the specific times and areas of smoke testing. The city will also be using bright pink door hangers along with A-frame signs to notify specific neighborhoods of the testing process several days in advance.

Tjemsland says that his crews typically discover anywhere from six to twelve defects in various parts of the sewer system, but the fixes are relatively simple.

Tjemsland says that the entire process can be viewed on line at “You Tube” by searching for “sewer smoke test.” Anyone with questions or concerns about the process can contact Sequim Public Works at 683-4908.

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