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Allyn County Owned/Maintained Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing - 2021/05/11 NEWS RELEASE May 11,2021 MASON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 411 NORTH 5TH STREET SHELTON,WA 98584 TO: KMAS,IKRXY,SHELTON-MASON COUNTY JOURNAL,THE OLYMPIAN,SHELTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,NORTH MASON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,CITY OF SHELTON,ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL,THE SUN,MASON TRANSIT RE: Allyn County Owned/Maintained Sanitary Sewer Smoke Testing The Mason County Public Works U&W Management Division will be conducting sanitary sewer smoke testing beginning in early June. Crews will open and enter into the manholes located in streets and public utility easements to pump smoke into the sanitary sewer system to locate breaks,defects and reveal sources of where storm and other surface water enters the system.The information gained from this testing will be used to improve your sewer services and may eventually reduce utility costs to customers. A special non-toxic smoke,manufacture for this purpose,will be used for the testing. The smoke has a distinctive,but not unpleasant,odor.Visibility and odor last only a few minutes,where there is adequate ventilation and doesn't leave residuals,stains or effect plants or animal life. Because the plumbing appliances in your house or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system,some smoke may enter your home or place of business if the: • Vents connected to your building's sewer pipes are inadequate,defective,or improperly installed • Traps under sinks,tubs,basins,showers and other drains are dry, defective,improperly installed, or musing. •Pipes,connections and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under your buildings are damaged, defective, have plugs musing or are improperly installed All residents are advised that if traces of this smoke or its odor enter your home or building,it is an indication that gases and odors from the sewer may also enter.These can be both unpleasant and dangerous,as well as a health risk to the occupants. Should smoke enter your home or building,please notify U&W Management so that crews can investigate; location,identification,and correction of the source of smoke that enters your home or building is urgently advised.Your cooperation during this testing is appreciated. Please call the Public Works U&W Management Division to notify or ask questions about this testing,at 360-427-9670 ext.457. Ra6dy Neatherlin Kevin Shutty VSharon Trask Chair Vice Chair Commissioner