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Texarkana Water Utilities will conduct smoke testing on area sanitary sewer systems from now through July 5, weather and need permitting, according to a notice.

"Smoke testing is performed to locate breaks and other defects in the sewer system. All information gained from this study will be used to make necessary improvements to the sewer system," according to Casey Fyffe, a TWU official.

The smoke used in this testing is white to gray in color, creates no fire hazard, leaves no residue and is non toxic.

"If smoke does enter your building, there is a potential for defective plumbing, which
is permitting the entrance of sewer odor produced by the transmission of wastewater. If you have any dry 'P' traps, flush them with water to prevent smoke from entering through the location," according to Fyffe's

If smoke enters the building, officials advise:

- locate the entrance of the smoke to your structure

- open all windows in rooms where smoke is present

- isolate the part of the structure by closing internal doors

- notify TWU Engineering's office at 903-798-3829.

This process may also locate problems in the sewer service line.

Everyone's cooperation is asked in helping to reduce the amount of excess storm water to the wastewater system. For questions regarding smoke testing, contact Fyffe at 903-798-3834.

TWU officials warn that although the smoke is non toxic, any smoke can be an irritant to individuals with respiratory problems

If smoke enters the building, these individuals should exit the area immediately. If there is an individual who has respiratory problems and is not able to exit the building, please contact the engineering department as soon as possible.