Smoke testing, one of several planned assessments to take place during PASARP, is an effective method in identifying potential causes of defects in the sewer system that lead to sanitary sewer overflows.
DeKalb County, GA, February 3, 2016 – The Post Reports – The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) reports they will begin a comprehensive, multi-phased Priority Area Sewer Assessment and Rehabilitation Program (PASARP) to assess and rehabilitate sewer lines throughout DeKalb.
According to the County, specific areas of the DeKalb’s sanitary sewer collection system have been identified for priority and ongoing evaluation and rehabilitation as part of the county’s $1.345 billion capital improvement projects initiative.
Smoke testing, one of several planned assessments to take place during PASARP, is explained by the County as “an effective method in identifying potential causes of defects in the sewer system that lead to sanitary sewer overflows. PASARP also identifies extraneous flows not intended to enter the sewer collection system.”
The process, which began on February 1, 2016, will take place over the course of the next several months, and crews will test sewer lines by inserting harmless, non-toxic smoke into isolated parts of the sewer collection system. “It should be noted that the smoke is non-toxic and harmless to humans and pets,” DeKalb’s Communications Department notes. “This smoke is not associated with fire or any other dangerous circumstance.”
The County says that the PASARP is the largest assessment and rehabilitation project the county is required to perform under its Consent Decree Program. “These activities will encompass about one-third of DeKalb’s sewer lines. Door hangers will be distributed in affected neighborhoods to alert residents and business owners of upcoming work. There will be no interruption of access to neighborhoods or businesses during testing,” says DeKalb.
In addition to the smoke testing program, structural defects will also be assessed through dye testing, acoustical testing, manhole condition assessments, CCTV/Sonar Testing, pole zoom camera inspections and pipe penetrating multisensory inspections.
The sewer testing is part of DeKalb County’s Consent Decree Program resulting from a Clean Water Act settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
For more information, please visit DWM’s Consent Decree website at www.dekalbconsentdecree.com. Also, look for more information in the coming weeks on DCTV (DeKalb County Television), educational videos, social media, email and newsletters.
You may also call the dedicated Project Hotline at 1-800-986-1108 with questions or comments.