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September 16, 2016
For Immediate Release
Michael Gurr
Field Services Superintendent
Phone: (513) 785-7100
Sewer Smoke Testing Continues in Highland Park Area
Hamilton, Ohio -  During wet weather events such as those experienced in Hamilton on June 2 and September 8 and 10, 2016, rain water from improperly connected downspouts, sump pumps and other sources can fill and overwhelm sanitary sewers. When this happens, combined sewage and rainwater may back up into customer basements (Water in Basements). The City of Hamilton is implementing a program to identify and eliminate clean water connections to the sanitary sewer system to reduce Water in Basement occurrences.

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, the City of Hamilton will begin smoke testing sanitary sewers south of Cereal Avenue in the Highland Park area (see attached map) to identify improper clean water connections. During these tests, crews will introduce smoke into sanitary sewers. Smoke may escape from building sewer vents, gutters and downspouts or from the ground along sewer lines during testing and is not cause for alarm. Testing will be performed during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) weekdays.

One to three days prior to smoke testing, door hangers will be distributed to notify customers in the test area. During testing, smoke or smoke odor may escape from drains in homes and businesses. Smoke or smoke odor may indicate that sewer gas is potentially entering the premises as well. Should this occur, it can help building owners identify needed plumbing maintenance or repairs.

During testing, smoke should not enter a premise with plumbing in good working order and water in all drain traps. Customers should avoid unnecessary exposure to test smoke as it may cause minor respiratory irritation. If smoke enters your premises during testing, notify crews performing the tests or contact Customer Service at 513-785-7100.

Should an improper clean water connection be identified at your property, you will be notified of any corrective action required. Customers with questions or concerns regarding sanitary sewer smoke testing are encouraged to contact Customer Service at 513-785-7100.

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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