The smoke is harmless to humans, plants and animals.
To better serve you, the City of West Palm Beach Department of Utilities will be smoke testing its sewers. This is performed periodically to locate sources of sewer odors, leaks, and breaks in sewer lines.
The smoke testing will occur, sometime during the following date(s): April 9, 2018 until April 23, 2018
7th Street between the 1400 and 1500 Block between the hours of 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
8th Street between the 1400 and 1500 block between the hours of 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
9th Steet between the 1400 and 1500 block between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM
The type of smoke used is white to yellowish white in color, and may have a slight odor. The smoke is harmless to humans, plants and animals
. If the smoke gets into your home, please ventilate your home.
On the outside of your home, or your neighbor's home you may notice smoke coming from:
- Sewer vents
- Gutters and downspouts
- Out of the ground, along sewer lines
On the inside of your home, smoke or its odors may exit from the plumbing or fixtures. This is an indication that dangerous gases and unpleasant odors from the sewer may enter your home. This should not occur if your plumbing is in good working condition. You can minimize the chances of this happening by running enough water into the sinks, tubs, and showers to fill the sewer trap with water. Do not forget, floor drains.
Location(s), identification and correction of the source of smoke entering your home or building, is urgently advised. The correction of any defects in the pipes and sewer on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.
If you detect smoke in your home and are uncertain of the cause, please contact our Utilities department at: City of West Palm Beach Wastewater/Sewer Collection Department 561-822-2170 or Dispatch 561-822-2210.