Public Notice for Silver Creek village residents

SILVER CREEK – Residents of the village of Silver Creek take notice that beginning Monday, May 6 smoke testing will begin in the suspected high water input areas in the sanitary sewer system throughout the village. Residents are asked to read the following public notice thoroughly.

The village is also encouraging any residents who know that they have an illegal hook-up into the sanitary system at this time to try and correct it immediately. The village board would like to thank all the village residents in advance for their cooperation in this matter.

The village of Silver Creek will be conducting a study of the sanitary sewer system over the next few weeks. This study will involve the opening of manholes in streets and easements. An important task of the study will be smoke testing sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. This work is being performed as required by a consent order between the village and New York State Department of Environmental Conser-vation.

During this testing residents may see smoke coming from the vent stacks on houses, occasionally from house roof leaders and street storm water receivers. The smoke is non-toxic, not harmful to pets and creates no fire hazard. The smoke has a slight odor and can be a mild irritant to people with respiratory problems.

Under normal conditions, smoke will not enter your home. Possible reasons smoke may enter you home include defective plumbing and seldom-used (dry) drains, typically in basement floors or bathrooms that are located in basements.

To prevent smoke from entering your home, pour water into seldom-used drains such as laundry tubs, showers or bathroom fixtures. If smoke should enter your building, you should consult your licensed plumber in case it is from faulty plumbing then there is a potential for sewer gas to enter your home as well.

If smoke enters your home, you should ventilate the area and contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in your area. They will be pleased to advise you as to where and why the smoke has entered your home. If you see smoke and are not certain of the source of observed smoke, you should call 911.

Some sewer lines and manholes are located in easements through private property. Whenever these lines are inspected, members of the inspection crews will be working in the easements. However, homeowners do not need to be home and the workmen will not need to enter their homes. The inspection crews will be photographing any defects detected.

The village anticipates the smoke testing will require approximately two weeks to complete. Residents’ cooperation is greatly appreciated. The information gained from this study will be used to make corrections to the sewer system. Work area signs will be posted notifying motorists and pedestrians that smoke testing is being performed in the area.

If you have any questions that were not covered in this notice, please contact Brian Doyle, project representative for GHD, at (716)748-6623.