AUGUST 17-20 SMOKE TESTING SCHEDULE: Residential, Commercial areas in the Town of New Hartford, Plus one Town of Paris neighborhood


Residential, Commercial areas in the Town of New Hartford
(Seneca Turnpike, Sangertown Square areas) 
Plus one Town of Paris neighborhood           
UTICA, NY --- Smoke testing analysis of Oneida County Sewer District sewer system lines continues the week of August 17 – 20 in several neighborhoods in the Town of New Hartford (including some of the busiest retail and commercial areas) and one section of sewer line located in the Town of Paris.
Testing is slated in the following neighborhoods Monday through Thursday of that week (August 17 – 20) according to areas that the sewer lines serve. While testing is scheduled to take that whole period, rain showers can interrupt and delay the testing schedule, so there may be some variations of the timeline based on weather factors. (Please check back for any updates to the schedule.)
Town of New Hartford:  
  • South side of Seneca Turnpike from Norwood Road to Homestead Road; plus Both sides of Seneca Turnpike from Homestead Road to Partyka Road; and
  • Middle Settlement Road from Special Metals to 900 feet west of Seneca          Turnpike
  • Commercial Drive from Seneca Turnpike to K Mart Plaza; and
  • Middle Settlement Road from Seneca Turnpike to Parkview Estates 
  • Seneca Turnpike from Hook, Line and Sinker to the Sangertown Square entrance road (west)
  • Willowvale Avenue, Huxford Place, Irvin Avenue and Wakefield Street; 
  • Hand Place and Bleachery Place
  • Red Hill Road
  • Oneida Street from Elm Street to the Town of Paris Line; and
  • Elm Street from Oneida Street to the Sauquoit Creek
  • Oneida Street from Elm Street to Bleachery Place, and Grange Hill Road
 Town of Paris:  
  • Oneida Street from the Town of New Hartford line to Willowbrook Lane, Pleasant View and Valley Place
The purpose of smoke testing sewer lines is to show where leaks, faulty connections and broken pipes are located in the system. Such problems can allow clean rainwater to seep into the sewer system, overwhelming its capacity and causing overflows. For this reason, residents may seek smoke exiting the manholes, where it is pumped in, in other locations – such as through the ground, yard and area drains, vent stacks on buildings, and foundation drains.
While the smoke is highly visual, it is non-toxic, non-staining, does not create a fire hazard and dissipates within a few minutes, according to Steve Devan, Oneida County Commissioner of Water Quality and Water Pollution Control.
During the testing, technicians are available to residents and property owners to speak with them about where the smoke is exiting, and how any sewer problems may be fixed. Citizens only need to approach the contractors with their questions.
In addition, to help avoid smoke entering the home through little-used drains (such as a cellar), residents can fill the drain trap with 3 cups of water before the testing is done.
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