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Sewer ‘Smoke Test’ in Papa‘ikou to be Held

February 17, 2019, 12:30 PM HST
* Updated February 6, 1:05 PM
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Hawai‘i County Department of Environmental Management (DEM) work crews will be on Maluna Place, Mai Way, Road D and Road H in Pāpaʽikou on Feb. 19, 20, 21, and 22, 2019, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather permitting.

A sewer smoke test will be taking place in Papa‘ikou.

The crews will be doing a “Smoke Test” survey, to assist inspectors to identify connections where rain water (inflow) and groundwater (infiltration) may enter the sanitary sewer system.

Note that the smoke used in testing—which will be seen coming from the vent stacks on houses, sewer manholes, or holes in the ground—is non-toxic, non-staining, has no odor, is white to gray in color, and poses no fire hazard.

The smoke should not enter homes or businesses unless there are defects in the plumbing system.

DEM advises homeowners to pour a gallon of water into each floor drain prior to the testing.

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Traffic delays within the Mai Way area may occur.

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For further information, call Amelia Kajiyama at (808) 961-8587, or Toni Nakatani at (808) 961-8512.

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