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Smoke testing to begin on Monday

June 9, 2018

Press Release
For Immediate Release
June 8, 2018
Smoke testing to begin on Monday

Beginning Monday, June 11 through Friday June 15, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.each day, inspection crews will conduct a physical survey of the City of Tyler wastewater collection system in the area  identified in the map below. Pipeline Analysis will perform this study, which involves opening manholes in the streets and backyard utility easements. Information gained from this study will be used to repair and improve the wastewater collection system.
One important task of the survey will be smoke testing of sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the system. During this testing, white smoke will exit through vent pipes on the roofs of homes and through sewer line breaks. The smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter homes or business unless defective plumbing exists or drain traps are dry.
If a home or business has seldom-used drains, please pour a gallon of water in the drain to fill the drain trap. This procedure will help prevent the possibility of smoke entering living areas through drains.
Field crews will perform testing of all sewers in the specified area. At no time will field crews need to enter businesses or residences.
Citizen cooperation is appreciated. Should there be any questions concerning this study or if special assistance is needed, please contact Pipeline Analysis at (800) 637-0164.
About the #TimeToBuild Campaign
The state of our infrastructure is one of the most pressing issues we face as a community. Our jobs, quality of life, economic competitiveness and public safety are all dependent upon it. Much of Tyler’s infrastructure (streets, water systems, drainage systems and sewer systems) was installed in the early 20th century and has reached the end of its useful life. Two years ago, the Tyler City Council made a pledge to modernize and build anew our community’s infrastructure. Last year, the City of Tyler spent $20 million dollars, 13 percent of the City’s total budget, on maintenance, repair and improvements. No other city in the State of Texas can claim this achievement. The benefits of this stronger, better infrastructure system will be far-reaching and long-lasting. But we are not finished. We must build our capacity to do even more. The future does not wait, but neither do we. Today it’s #TimeToBuild!
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About the City of Tyler
The City of Tyler, known as the “Rose Capital of the World,” is home to approximately 115,000 residents and is the major regional center for east Texas. Approximately 250,000 people come into the city each day to work, shop, and seek medical care or attend one of our four colleges and universities.  Through conservative financial planning, we provide top-quality customer service to citizens, while paying cash for infrastructure needs and ensuring that the City’s collected revenues exceed expenditures. The City of Tyler has no tax supported debt and an AAA bond rating, a water supply that will last the next 75 years and we have landfill space to last until 2110. The City also provides residents with more than 1,000 acres of parkland which comprise 27 parks throughout Tyler. Our competitive fire protection rating is held by only 4% in the State and our Police Department is one of the first accredited in Texas. Our vision is to be the standard of performance excellence in local government. Learn more by visiting us online at

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