The City of Valdosta has hired Constantine Engineering to smoke test the entire sanitary sewer system. This 4 year process will begin January 28, 2014 and will focus on specific sections of the city each year. The purpose of this project is to identify and eliminate sources of stormwater inflow and infiltration (I&I) into the sewer system that cannot be identified by closed-circuit televising of sewer lines. As part of the project, the city sewer system was divided into five zones. As of July 2016, zones 1, 4 and 5 have been smoke tested. Smoke testing in zones 2 and 3 will begin July 11, 2016. Door hangers will be distributed to citizens in the areas to be tested 24 to 48 hours before testing begins. The white or greyish-colored smoke used during the test is non-toxic, non-staining, odorless, creates no fire hazard and does not pose any harm to the environment. Typically smoke is seen coming out of: Missing sewer clean-out caps Breaks in sewer lines or manholes Roof vent stacks associated with the building's plumbing system and/or roof drains that should NOT be connected to the sewer system Stormwater ponds or catch basins that are improperly connected to the sewer system Helpful Resources Press Releases January 23, 2014 January 26, 2014 February 6, 2014 February 26, 2014 July 3, 2014 August 3, 2015 Other Documents Map of Smoke Testing Phase 3, Beginning August 11, 2015 Smoke Testing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Door Hanger (English and Spanish) Example pictures of Smoke Testing View additional press releases and Valdosta News items. Smoke Test Locations 2017 - Week of Start Date Map January 23, 2017 Forrest and Park Area 2016 - Week of Start Date Map July 11, 2016 Knights Academy Area August 1, 2016 Mount Zion Church Area August 15, 2016 Forrest and Inner Perimeter Rd Area August 22, 2016 Pineview Dr and Forrest St Area September 26, 2016 Ashley, Bemiss and Perimeter Area October 24, 2016 Oak, Cowart, Ashley and Brookwood Area November 28, 2016 Brookwood, Ashley, and Forrest Area 2014 and 2015 - Week of Start Date Map January 27, 2014 Portion of Downtown North Valdsota Area February 10, 2014 Gornto Rd and Meadowbrook Dr Area February 17, 2014 Gornto Rd and Oak St Area March 10, 2014 Jerry Jones Dr and Country Club Dr Area March 24, 2014 North Valdosta Rd Area March 31, 2014 Country Club Rd Area July 7, 2014 Valdosta Mall Area July 14, 2014 Old Wood Valley and I-75 Area July 21, 2014 New Wood Valley Area July 28, 2014 Jerry Jones Dr and Baytree Rd Area August 4, 2014 Gordon St and Baytree Rd Area August 11, 2014 N St Augustine Rd and River St Area August 25, 2014 S St Augustine Rd and Savannah Ave Area August 10, 2015 Gil Harbin and Madison Hwy Area August 17, 2015 New Statenville and Inner Perimeter Area August 24, 2015 Old Lake Park and Old Statenville Area September 7, 2015 Old Lake Park and Griffin Area September 21, 2015 Hill Ave Area If there are additional questions, contact the Utilities Department at 229-259-3592 or the contractor at 229-588-2864.