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Augusta Utilities department perform smoke testing

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 2:15 PM
Last updated 8:31 PM
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Augusta Utilities department is performing “smoke testing” in the central business district downtown this week to detect where sanitary and storm sewer lines are connected.

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Patrick Wohlfahrt (left) and Tate Horton, both of W.K. Dickson, remove a blower after forcing smoke into a manhole to determine where sewer lines are connected.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Patrick Wohlfahrt (left) and Tate Horton, both of W.K. Dickson, remove a blower after forcing smoke into a manhole to determine where sewer lines are connected.

Using equipment that forces smoke into manholes and observing where it comes out gives technicians an idea of where the two types of sewer lines – for rain runoff and wastewater – remain connected, despite efforts in the late ’90s to fully separate the systems, Utilities Director Tom Wiedmeier said.

Augusta’s original underground pipe system carried away storm drainage, but as indoor plumbing evolved engineers often tied drain lines to the storm lines, Wiedmeier said.

Shortly after consolidation, Augusta attempted to completely separate all the lines, which were connected throughout downtown, in Harrisburg, across parts of Summerville and along older sections of Wrightsboro Road, but overlooked connections exist, he said.

The testing, being performed by a consultant, is ongoing through Friday between Fifth and 15th streets. Anyone who sees smoke coming from an interior fixture should contact their building superintendent.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 11/18/13 - 04:03 pm
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They want a "Rain Tax"

But shouldn't they be asking for a "____ Tax".

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/18/13 - 08:14 pm
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Don't Tax You, Don't Tax Me,

Tax that man behind the tree.

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Shortcomment 11/18/13 - 08:18 pm
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This may explain the Fecal matter amounts

that have been detected in area water ways.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 11/18/13 - 10:12 pm
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I'll be... people actually

I'll be... people actually get paid to blow smoke! (Don't tell the Breath Easy folks.)

dichotomy
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dichotomy 11/19/13 - 08:26 am
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I've always suspected the

I've always suspected the downtown government was blowing smoke up my .....

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