Smoke testing now underway

Published 2:39 pm Wednesday, September 2, 2020

JOHNSON CITY – As part of the Water and Sewer Services Department’s comprehensive maintenance program, crews have begun smoke testing of sanitary sewer lines in the Brush Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant collection system. Smoke testing helps the City determine points where, during rain events, extra water can enter the system. Testing is expected to continue through the end of the year.
Crews will begin on Watauga Road from Long Street to Riverview Drive, and then will continue in the areas of:
  •          Woodlyn Road
  •          Clairmont Road
  •          Nathan Lynn Lane
  •          Johnson City Airport
  •          Piney Grove Area
  •          Roweland Drive
  •          Eddie Williams Road
  •          Lynn Street
  •          Walnut Street from University Parkway to Spring Street
  •          Ashe Street
  •          Spring Street from West Poplar Street to East Main Street
  •          The Tree Streets Neighborhood from University Parkway to Spring Street
  •          Buffalo Street from Holly Street to East Market Street
  •          State of Franklin Road from Mountain Home Drive to Spring Street
  •          University Edge Apartments
  •          Highland Avenue from University Parkway to Sevier Street
  •          Lee Circle
  •          Lamont Street from Watauga Avenue to Sevier Street
  •          Harris Drive
  •          Millennium Place
  •          Mountain Home Drive
  •          College Heights Drive from Seminole Drive to Narrow Lane
  •          JL Seehorn Jr. Drive
  •          Seminole Ridge Apartments
  •          Seminole Drive from College Heights Drive to Huffine Circle
  •          South Greenwood Drive from Ashley Road to Elliot and Scott Circle
  •          Loan Oak Road from South Greenwood Drive to Triangle Road
  •          Cherokee Road from Lone Oak Road to Triangle Road
  •          Fountain Court
  •          Triangle Road
  •          Sun Valley Road and adjacent streets
  •          Boles Drive
  •          Briar Creek Village
  •          Seminole Woods Subdivision
  •          Greenwood Acres Subdivision
  •          Forest Place Subdivision
  •          Western portion of Forest Hills Subdivision
  •          Foxxborough Subdivision
  •          Cherokee Gardens
  •          Founders Park
  •          King Commons
  •          Miller-Carr Area from Sidney Street to Commerce Street
  •          Commerce Street from South Boone Street to North Roan Street
  •          Delaware Street
  •          East Hillcrest Drive and West Hillcrest Drive
  •          Pactolas Road
  •          Clark Street
  •          Lincoln Avenue, Harding Avenue, Polk Avenue, Johnson Avenue
  •          Orchard Drive
  •          Morningside Drive from Johnson Avenue to Pactolas Road
  •          Millercrest Drive
  •          Meridith Park Subdivision
  •          North Barton Street from Indian Ridge Road to Birch Street
  •          Rockgarden Road from Lynn Road to Indian Ridge Road
  •          Fairridge Road near Indian Ridge Road
  •          Irene Street
  •          Sylvan Street
  •          Lynwood Circle
  •          Westwood Street
  •          Edgewood Street
  •          North North Street from Indian Ridge Road to Clover Street
  •          Indian Ridge Road from Fairridge Road to West Market Street
  •          Clinchfield Street
  •          Lark Street, High Street, Miller Street, Clearview Drive 
  •          Lamons Lane
  •          Skyline Drive from North State of Franklin Road to Savignon Court
  •          Knob Creek Road from Pactolas Road to West Market Street
  •          West Market Street from North State of Franklin Road to Buffalo Street
  •          East Market Street from Buffalo Street to South Roan Street
  •          Tipton Street
During the test, City crews will send white smoke designed for this type of testing into the sanitary sewer system by blowing it into a manhole. It is then forced out through lines and cracks, openings, or plumbing vents on or near rooftops. The smoke is safe, odorless, non-toxic and non-staining. 
Testing can provide a service to homeowners. If home plumbing systems are correctly installed and well vented with working water traps, smoke should not enter the home. If smoke enters your home, there are deficiencies in your plumbing system. Please call 461-1646 for more information.

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