The Roaring Brook Township Sewer Authority along with their contractor, will be conducting a study to determine where storm water may be entering the system through sources including catch basins, damaged manholes, roof leaders, sump pumps and basement drains. When present in excessive amounts, inflow increases the cost to operate the sewer system and can contribute to undesirable backups in the sewer system.

The study will consist of smoke testing. During testing, white smoke is introduced into the sanitary sewer system. During this procedure, white smoke will be venting from holes in manhole covers located on the street and plumbing vent pipes located on or near your roof surface. THIS IS NORMAL AND SHOULD NOT BE CAUSE FOR ALARM.

Smoke should not enter the premise unless there is a dry trap in the basement floor drain or any unused plumbing fixtures. Residents are encouraged to pour water down your basement floor drain or unused plumbing fixture to insure that the drain trap will be effective. Smoke could also enter the building through defective plumbing.

Should smoke be detected within the building, DON’T BE ALARMED. The smoke is NONTOXIC AND NON-STAINING. Simply ventilate the home and report the presence of smoke to the people conducting the test outside in the vicinity of your building. If possible, they will assist you in locating the source that allowed the smoke to enter the building.

Your cooperation is appreciated in this effort to provide you with quality sanitary sewer service for the lowest possible cost.

Residents will receive a letter in the mail with information on when they street is scheduled for the testing. Residents are not required to be home when the testing is being performed on their street. If you have any questions regarding the smoke testing program please feel free to contact the following individuals:

•Mark Voyack, P.E.

Civil Engineer

Quad3 Group, Inc.
37 N. Washington St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 570-829-4200 x: 313

•Carmon Flynn, Chairman SEWER AUTHORITY
Roaring Brook Township Office (570) 842-6080