An updated schedule for sewer system analysis via smoke testing has the testing continuing this week through the middle of next week in neighborhoods throughout the Town of New Hartford.

The smoke testing is part of the analysis being performed for the Oneida County Sewer District Sanitary Sewer Overflow Abatement Program.
Next Week, testing is planned to continue for about half the week, and then be completed for the district. Areas planned for testing Monday, Aug. 24 through the following mid-week are:
  • Seneca Turnpike from Clinton Road to Oakdale Ave., plus side streets;
  • Clinton Road from Seneca Turnpike to Myles Elementary School plus side streets;
  • Merritt Place from Parkway Place to Marks Place, plus side streets;
  • Woodberry subdivision;
  • Beechwood Road, Janet Terrace, plus side streets;
  • Oxford Road from Tibbitts Road to Sherrill Lane plus side streets.
This week’s updated schedule (through Thursday) has these areas planned for testing (in the 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; 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 & 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 Bleachery Place to the Town of Paris Line;
  • Elm Street from Oneida Street to the Sauquoit Creek;
  • Grange Hill Road
In the Town of Paris:
  • Oneida Street from the Town of New Hartford line to Willowbrook Lane, Pleasant View and Valley Place.
Rain showers and speed of testing can alter the schedule, so variations to this timeline may occur. Changes and updates to testing schedules will be posted on the Oneida County website.
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 property owners to speak with residents 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.
Smoke testing is done 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 see smoke exiting the manholes, where it is pumped in, and in other locations – such as through the ground, yard and area drains, vent stacks on buildings, and foundation drains.