Don't be surprised if you see smoke entering your home from your sink and floor drain this month.
The city of New Haven said it is performing smoke testing on the sanitary sewer system. The testing is part of the system's evaluation. During the testing, the department of engineering will use a non-toxic smoke. It is not harmful to people or pets.
"We are performing a thorough evaluation of our sanitary sewer system," Director of Engineering Keith Schlegel said. "The evaluation is necessary because, during heavy rain events, the sewer system in our neighborhoods is causing raw sewage to back up into some basements and causing the manholes to periodically overflow."
The area of the testing is Woodridge subdivision (bordering on the east side by Werling Road, South side of Moeller Road, and the west side by Hartzell Road.) Testing will begin December 7 and will run through December 14th, weather permitting.
To make sure the smoke does not come into your home during the testing, add water to your sinks and floor drains. If smoke enters your home and you have concerns, contact Utility Superintendent, Dave Jones at New Haven City Hall at 748-7056.