From the Town of Barnstable:
In order to improve the sewer service in your area, on behalf of the Town of Barnstable, Weston & Sampson will be conducting smoke testing of the sanitary sewer between October 7, 2019 to November 8, 2019. Testing will take place from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Saturday, weather permitting.
During the test, white smoke is introduced to the sanitary sewer system via a smoke-generating machine. During this procedure, white smoke will be venting from holes in manhole covers located in the street and from plumbing vent pipes located on or near your roof surface. THIS IS NORMAL AND SHOULD NOT CAUSE ALARM.
Smoke should not enter your premises unless there is either a dry trap in an unused fixture or a plumbing defect. You may wish to pour two gallons of water down any floor drains or unused plumbing fixture to avoid this possibility.
Should smoke be detected within your building, do not be alarmed. The smoke is NON-TOXIC, NON-STAINING, and dissipates quickly through open windows. IF YOU HAVE A LUNG AILMENT or RESPIRATORY CONDITION SUCH AS ASTHMA OR EMPHYSEMA, STAY AWAY FROM THE SMOKE. Any smoke within a building should be immediately reported to the persons conducting the tests.
PRIOR TO SMOKE TESTING, THE TOWN OF BARNSTABLE MUST IDENTIFY LOCATIONS OF RESIDENTS WITH POOR HEALTH CONDITIONS. ALTHOUGH THE SMOKE IS NON-TOXIC AND NON-STAINING, IT IS CAPABLE OF CAUSING IRRITATION, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WITH LUNG AILMENTS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR EMPHYSEMA. IF YOU HAVE A RELATED HEALTH CONDITION PLEASE CONTACT WESTON & SAMPSON ENGINEERS, INC. AT (508) 906-9015. PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE INCLUDING YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, AND TELEPHONE NUMBER AND YOUR CALL WILL BE RETURNED PROMPTLY.
THE TEST WILL BE PERFORMED WITHIN ONE TO THREE BUSINESS DAYS AFTER RECEIVING THIS NOTICE AT YOUR HOME, PENDING WEATHER CONDITIONS.
• YOUR ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE AT HOME DURING THE SMOKE TESTING
• IF YOU WORK DURING THE DAY, PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS TO VENTILATE THE AREA WHERE YOUR PET WILL BE.