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Several Huntsville Neighborhoods to Undergo Sewer Smoke Testing



HUNTSVILLE, AL (August 5, 2009)-ADS Environmental Services will be performing sewer smoke testing during the next several days, weather permitting, under contract with the City of Huntsville Water Pollution Control Department. Field crews will be smoke testing sewers located near the east side of Redstone Arsenal. This area is generally bounded to the north by Ashland Drive, to the south by Millvale Drive, to the east by Pickett Drive and to the west by Patton Road. ADS will distribute door hangers to residences and businesses located within the testing area to notify them in advance of these activities.

What is smoke testing?
Smoke testing is a diagnostic test in which a non-toxic, non-staining smoke is blown into a portion of the sanitary sewer system. Smoke will then exit from defects in the system, so their locations can be flagged, photographed and documented.

What is the benefit?
Smoke testing is one of the tools available to help identify areas where excessive storm water and groundwater are inadvertently entering the sanitary sewer system. This allows the City of identify where the sewer needs repair and/or rehabilitation, to restore lost capacity to the system and to provide structural improvements.

Why does the public need to know?
Much of the sewer system is generally perceived as "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" by the public and the same is true for most sewer inspection and testing activities. Smoke testing, however, can be more visible. Under normal circumstances, smoke from this testing will not enter homes or businesses. However, on occasion, smoke will enter a residence or business through defective plumbing or dry drain traps. Residents are provided with additional information on door hangers that are distributed prior to the smoke testing. Residents are advised to read and follow a few simple recommendations on these notifications to minimize any inconvenience. If smoke does enter a home or business, it will dissipate quickly once doors and windows are opened.

For more information call ADS at (256) 990-7248.


UPDATED: September 8, 2009
ADS Environmental Services will be performing smoke testing activities on Tuesday, September 8th, 2009 in portions of the sanitary sewer system. These activities will begin between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM and will continue up to 5:00 pm.

Field crews will be working in the following areas;
  • Dug Hill Rd., Deer Valley Dr., Elk Meadow Dr., Solitude Cr., Williams & Broad Way, Pond View Ln., Wimbeldon Rd., Liberty Cr., Basswood Way, Sunburst Cr. Hampton Falls Way, Hampton Falls Dr., Hampton Falls Cr.
  • Newson Rd., Mcvay St., Thomas Rd., Ridgecrest Cr., Patton Rd., Drake Ave., Freemont Ave., Ashland Dr., Bluecrest St., Belvoir Dr., Pindale Dr., Beaty Rd.



  • UPDATED: August 31, 2009
    ADS Environmental Services will be performing smoke testing activities on Monday, August 31st, 2009 in portions of the sanitary sewer system. These activities will begin between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM and will continue up to 5:00 pm. Field crews will be working in the following areas;
  • Dug Hill Rd.,., Deer Valley Dr., Elk Meadow Dr., Solitude Cr., Williams & Broad Way, Pond View Ln., Wimbeldon Rd., Liberty Cr., Basswood Way, Sunburst Cr., Legacy Preserve Dr., Legacy Preserve Cr., Legacy Preserve Way.



  • UPDATED: August 26, 2009
    ADS Environmental Services will be performing smoke testing activities on Thursday, August 27th, 2009 in portions of the sanitary sewer system. These activities will begin between 7:00 AM and 7:30 AM and will continue up to 5:00 pm.

    Field crews will be working in the following areas;
  • Sentaur Blvd., McVay St., E. of Patton Rd., Penny St., Troy Swasey Blvd., Foster Ave., Eunice St., Nell Ave., Barclay Ave., Buttercup Dr.,Newson Rd., Grunden Dr., Penny St., McVay St., Lilac Cr., Westdale Cove Cr., Kennmore Dr., Westdale Dr.


  • Dug Hill Rd.,., Deer Valley Dr., Elk Meadow Dr., Solitude Cr., Williams & Broad Way, Pond view Ln., Wimbeldon Rd., Liberty Cr., Basswood Way, Sunburst Cr., Legacy Preserve Dr., Legacy Preserve Cr., Legacy Preserve Way.


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