Smoke and video testing of pipes to begin soon

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By The Staff

As part of the planning for the proposed Phase II Streets and Utilities program the Cedar Key Water & Sewer District and Cedar Key Community Redevelopment Agency are cooperating to perform inspections and testing of the downtown sewer system.

A detailed video inspection and smoke testing of the sewer system in the downtown area of Cedar Key is scheduled to start on March 9. Technicians from Altair Environmental Group of Longwood Florida will be working in Cedar Key approximately three to four weeks performing various inspections and tests to the sewer system.

The effected areas will be from the school south through the downtown area. Specialized trucks will be cleaning the sewer mains, manholes and lift stations so that remotely controlled cameras can be sent through the system. The cameras will record the condition of the sewer mains, laterals and manholes.

Additionally, safe, non toxic smoke will be forced into the system and any leaks will be noted by the technicians. Homes and business will be notified before smoke testing begins and a local phone number will be provided to call with any concerns.

The information obtained from the inspections and tests will be used to design the most effective repair solutions to the system.

Traffic will be slowed or redirected in the effected areas. Please drive with caution when equipment and work men are present.