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Sewer Smoke Testing Continues in Starr Hill Area
On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the City of Hamilton will begin smoke testing sanitary sewers in the Starr Hill Area, west of No. B Street including Lagonda, Summer, Martin, Willow and Kenton Streets (see attached map) to identify improper clean water connections.

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 Tuesday, November 1, 2016, the City of Hamilton will begin smoke testing sanitary sewers in the Starr Hill Area, west of North B Street including Lagonda, Summer, Martin, Willow and Kenton Streets (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.