HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This weekend, the City of Hattiesburg will begin a new physical survey of its sewer system which will involve "smoke-testing" of the lines to check for breaks or defects.
Beginning March 1, crews from a company called, Compliance EnviroSystems, LLC, will use a non-toxic, non-flammable vapor and residents in testing areas may notice smoke coming up from vent stacks on houses or through the ground.
It's being done to meet state and federal requirments for upgrading the city's waste water treatment system and is being funded by a $28 million bond issue.
"(The vapor is ) harmless, it's odorless, it's not toxic," said Johnny Dupree, mayor of Hattiesburg. "Your animals are safe, you don't have to worry about any of that kind of stuff. If you want to raise a window or door to let it dissipate, then you can do that, it will dissipate a little bit faster," he said. Dupree added, "if you find some defective pipes or lines in your house, you should contact your plumber, because those need to be repaired. That's the whole purpose of this, that you know what you have needs to be repaired."
Dupree said homeowners in testing areas will be notified before work begins and said neighborhoods around Kamper Park and Hardy Street will be the first to be tested.