PUBLIC NOTICE: Sanitary Sewer System Smoke Testing, 500 to 800 Blocks of Rossland Ave Trail BC


Rossland Avenue – 500 to 800 Block
Friday, December 1st, 2017

The City of Trail Utilities Department will be conducting smoke testing of the sanitary sewer system from 7-11am on Friday December 1, 2017. The purpose of the study is to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system within the 500 – 800 blocks on Rossland Ave.  All residents in the 500 – 800 Block of Rossland Avenue will receive hand-delivered information pertaining to the testing.

A special non-toxic smoke will be used in these tests. The smoke is manufactured for this purpose, leaves no residuals or stains, and has no effect on plant or animal life. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes, where there is adequate ventilation. Because the plumbing appliances in your house or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system, some smoke may enter your home or place of business.  Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing FAQs can be viewed here.

All residents are advised that if traces of this smoke or its odor enter your house or building, it is an indication that gases and odors from the sewer also may enter. Should smoke enter your home or business, you may contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in the area.

The crew member will be able to help and check with you as to where the smoke has entered your building. Location, identification, and correction of the source of smoke that enters your building is urgently advised. Your cooperation will be appreciated.

The information gained from this testing will be used to improve your sewer services and may reduce the eventual cost to utility customers.

Should you have any questions on this matter, please contact Patrick Gauvreau, Utilities Superintendent at 250-364-0840.

Thank you
City of Trail