Neighborhoods in the village of New York Mills are scheduled for smoke testing over the next two weeks, according to representatives of the Oneida County Sewer District Sanitary Sewer Overflow Abatement Project. 

Contractors will begin testing in these areas beginning Wednesday, July 29, with testing continuing through the second week in August.

Neighborhood areas slated for testing include:
  • Commercial Drive and Main Street from Yorkville to Burrstone Road, plus all side streets (this includes most of the village area) 
  • Henderson Street, plus all side streets between Sauquoit Creek and Route 840
  • Burrstone Road from Sauquoit Creek to Marauder Blvd., including the side streets in that area.
(Note: weather and other factors often can shift smoke-testing schedules)
Smoke testing can locate leaks, faulty connections and broken pipelines in the sewer system. During the testing, 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. The smoke has no odor, is non-toxic, non-staining, does not create a fire hazard and dissipates within a few minutes, noted Steve Devan, Oneida County Commissioner of Water Quality and Water Pollution Control. His office is overseeing the sewer district project.
For more information and background on the SSO Abatement Project,
review the information located at the Oneida County Water Quality and Water Pollution Control's Website