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August 11, 2016
For Immediate Release
Michael Gurr
Field Services Superintendent
Phone: 513.785.7100
Dye Testing has Started in Highland Park Area
Hamilton, Ohio -  During wet weather events such as the one experienced in Hamilton on June 2, 2016, rain water from improperly connected downspouts and sump pumps can fill and overwhelm sanitary sewers. This can cause combined sewage and rainwater to back up into customer basements (Water in Basements or WIBs). The City of Hamilton is implementing a program to identify and eliminate clean water connections to the sanitary sewer in order to reduce water in basement occurrences from clean water connections.

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, the City of Hamilton began dye testing sewer laterals in the Highland Park area (see attached map). Dye testing is a continuation of efforts following the recent smoke testing to identify and eliminate clean water connections to the sanitary sewer system. Dye testing is a method used to locate points where rain or other clean water may be entering the sanitary sewer system. The presence of colored dye in a sanitary sewer lateral during testing is an indication of an improper sewer connection.

During the tests, City crews will be knocking on customer doors to speak directly with customers and request access to perform visual inspections. Customers who are not home during the testing will receive a door notice requesting the customer to call back to reschedule. Testing will be performed during normal business hours on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

Should a clean water connection be determined at your property, you will be notified of the location and steps to take to correct the situation. If you have any questions or concerns please call Customer Service at 513-785-7100.

Highland Park Dye Test Area

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About Hamilton, OhioLocated on the Great Miami River in the heart of the Cincinnati-Dayton metroplex, Hamilton is a historically-significant city with approximately 63,000 residents. Home to Miami University Hamilton and the County Seat of Butler County, Hamilton is the area center for government, finance and industry. Known for its unparalleled art, cultural & recreational activities, Hamilton is continually expanding its quality of life offerings. An award winning community, Hamilton was the recipient of the 2010 & 2015 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting "Best Water in the World" award, the winner of the 2012 "Best of the Best" award by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association, the prestigious 2010 Public Gas System Achievement Award and five consecutive Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Platinum level awards. Additionally, the Hamilton City School District was named The National School District of Character for 2012. For more information, please visit