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Sanitary Sewer System Smoke Testing

The Wastewater Division of Centerton Utilities will be conducting leak tests of the sanitary sewer system in your area by forcing smoke into the lines. This smoke will help locate places where storm and other surface waters are entering the City's sewers as well as reveal sources of sewer odors. Leak testing is part of our continuing effort to provide a safe, economical, efficient, and environmentally sound sewer system throughout Centerton. 

While most residents will never see or smell the smoke, CWSD wants you to have as much information as possible about the testing. A special non-toxic smoke will be used in these leak tests. The smoke is manufactured for this purpose and, therefore, leaves no residuals or stains and has no effect on plants and animals. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant odor.  

If traces of the smoke or its odor enter your house or building, it is an indication that gases and odors from the sewer also may enter. Evidence of smoke in your house during the smoke testing should be immediately reported to Centerton Utilities testing crew and to your plumber. Location, identification, and correction of the source of smoke entering your house is strongly recommended. While the Centerton  Utilities will render all possible assistance, the correction of any defects in the pipes and sewer on private property is the responsibility of the owner. 

Leak testing smoke may enter your house if: 

  • Vents connected to your building's sewer pipe are inadequate, defective, or improperly installed; or
  • Traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed or missing; or
  • Pipe, connections and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under your building are damaged, defective, has plugs missing, or are improperly installed. 

This round of tests will occur Thursday, February 18. However, testing will take place several time over the next few months. The actual testing in your neighborhood may last only a few minutes. We will provide notice 24 hours before testing is scheduled in your neighborhood by leaving a door tag on your front door. When you receive this notice, we suggest that you run water into all drains to make sure the trap is full, especially those used infrequently. 

If your property is not owner-occupied, we ask that you help us by forwarding this important information to anyone living or working there. If you have any questions, or desire more information, please call (479) 795-0222 during regular office hours (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), or visit our Web site anytime at www.cwsdonline.com