Harmless smoke may enter homes during Bellingham sewer test


BELLINGHAM - A test of the city's sewers in the Lettered Streets neighborhood could cause smoke to enter homes through plumbing fixtures.

The tests will be conducted from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, to Friday, Aug. 9. The area to be tested is bordered by D and G streets, and Holly and Illinois streets. Each section of sewer pipe will be tested over a 15- to 20-minute period.

The smoke is nontoxic and won't stain, according to city Public Works. If it lingers in the home, open windows and doors, and contact one of the crew members conducting the tests.

The smoke tests are intended to show where rainwater is entering sewer lines.

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