VILLAGES OF NEW HARTFORD, YORKVILLE and PARTS OF TOWN OF WHITESTOWN NEXT FOR SEWER DISTRICT SMOKE TESTING

The villages of New Hartford and Yorkville, along with continued parts of the Town of Whitestown, are in line for smoke testing work Monday through next week (July 13 – 23).

Monday, July 13:
work continues in the Town of Whitestown (the neighborhood of Dunham Manor
east of Hollywood Drive, Clinton Street between Hollywood Drive and Balsam Circle
and Herthum Road and side streets).

Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15:
The entire village of New Hartford is slated for smoke testing work.
 
Thursday, July 16 through July 23 (except Friday):
Smoke testing is scheduled throughout the entire Village of Yorkville.
 
(Note: weather and other factors may shift smoke-testing schedules)
 
The test locates leaks, faulty connections and broken pipelines in the system.
Problems such as that can allow clean rainwater to seep into the sewer system,
overwhelming its capacity and causing overflows, according to Steve Devan,
Oneida County Commissioner of Water Quality and Water Pollution Control,
whose office is overseeing the district project.
 
During the test, non-toxic, artificially created smoke is put into the sewer line,
then the line is monitored to see where the smoke exits the system. Residents
may see smoke exiting through the ground, yard and area drains, manholes,
vent stacks on buildings, and foundation drains. Devan noted that the smoke
has no odor, is non-toxic, non-staining, does not create a fire hazard and
dissipates within a few minutes.
 
For details on the Oneida County Sanitary Sewer District overflow abatement
project, review the information located at the Oneida County Water Quality and Water Pollution Control's Website