« Back to News & Notices

City to Conduct Sewer Line Testing April 30


The City of Leeton continues to strive for safe, efficient and cost-effective utilities. A large problem many communities face is surface water (rain/storm water) entering the sanitary sewer system, which unnecessarily increases the amount of wastewater that must be treated by our facility. In order to determine potential problems in our sanitary sewer system, the City of Leeton will be conducting leak testing in the sanitary sewer system by blowing smoke into the sewer lines. This smoke will reveal sources of sewer odors in your neighborhood as well as the locations where storm water and other sources of surface waters are entering the sanitary sewer systems. Identifying these problem areas will allow them to be repaired.

A special non-toxic smoke will be used in these tests. This smoke is manufactured for this purpose, leaves no residuals or stains and has no effects on plant and animal life. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant odor. The visibility and odor from the smoke only lasts a few minutes where there is adequate ventilation. The testing will be conducted with the assistance of the city’s wastewater engineer and the Missouri Rural Water Association.

Because the plumbing appliances in your home or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system, some of this smoke may enter your home if one of the following problems exists:

  1. The vents that are connected to your building’s sewer pipes are inadequate, defective, or are improperly installed.
  2. The traps, under sinks, tubs, basins, showers, or are other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed, or missing.
  3. The pipes, connections and seals of the wastewater drains in or under your building are damaged, defective, have missing plugs, or are improperly installed.

If traces of this smoke or the odor enters the building, it is an indication that sewer gases and odors may also enter the home or building. These can be both unpleasant and dangerous as well as a health hazard the occupants. The correcting of these problems should be done in an urgent manner.

While the City of Leeton will render all possible cooperation, the correction of these defects on private property is the responsibility of the property owner. The services of a professional plumber are often required. The City is also considering the use of an unmanned aircraft (drone) to aid in capturing data. This equipment will only capture information to determine locations of pipeline deficiencies.

This testing is an important part in making sure that our sewer system is functioning properly. If you have any questions, please contact the City offices during regular business hours, which are Tuesday-Thursday, 8:00AM-noon and 1:00-4:00PM. Additional information regarding the specific dates and locations will be posted on the city website (www.cityofleeton.com) and the city’s Facebook page.

The testing is scheduled to be conducted on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Any additional information will be posted at City Hall, the city’s website and Facebook page.