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July 15, 2016
For Immediate Release
Michael Gurr
Field Services Superintendent
Phone: 513.785.7100
Sewer Smoke Testing to Begin 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.

Starting on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, the City of Hamilton will begin smoke testing sewers in the Highland Park area (see attached map). The smoke tests are part of City efforts to identify and eliminate clean water connections to the sanitary sewer system. During the scheduled tests, City crews will introduce smoke into sanitary sewers. Smoke escaping from building sewer vents, gutters and downspouts or out of the ground along sewer lines is part of the testing and is not a cause for alarm. Testing will be performed during normal business hours between 8am and 3pm weekdays.

One to three days prior to the start of 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 premises 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 City crews performing the tests or contact Customer Service at 513-785-7100. If smoke enters your premises during testing it may indicate a plumbing issue that can also allow sewer gas to enter your home or business.

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 Smoke 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