Posted on: March 23, 2017

Boerne Utilities crews to begin smoke testing

Weather permitting, Boerne Utilities work crews will be conducting a smoke test survey beginning on or about April 3, 2017.   This testing is a very effective way for crews to locate leaks, breaks and defects in the city’s sewer system.  Residents may see harmless smoke coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground.  The smoke is non-toxic and non-staining, has no odor, is white to gray in color, and does not create a fire hazard.     

Crews will be testing the lines in the neighborhoods generally bounded by Esser Road to the east, Rosewood Avenue to the south, Plant Street to the west and portions of several neighborhoods north of Blanco Road.  Residents do not have to be home while the test is being conducted, nor is it necessary for our crews to enter any homes.

However, in some cases crews may need to enter rear yards to view vents and sewer laterals.  All City of Boerne Utilities crews have official identification and wear city uniform clothing.  The public works director, Mike Mann has also requested that dog owners house the dogs that normally are loose in the back yard.   

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