Sewer ‘smoke test’ slated for portion of Papaikou

County Department of Environmental Management work crews will be on Maluna Place, Mai Way, Road D and Road H in Papaikou from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 19-22, weather permitting.

The crews will be doing a “smoke test” survey to assist inspectors with identifying connections where rain water (inflow) and groundwater (infiltration) enter the sanitary sewer system.


Note that the smoke used in testing, which will be seen coming from the vent stacks on houses, sewer manholes or holes in the ground, is nontoxic, nonstaining, has no odor, is white to gray in color and poses no fire hazard.

The smoke should not enter homes or businesses unless there are defects in the plumbing system. We advise home owners to pour a gallon of water into each floor drain prior to testing.


Traffic delays within the Mai Way area are possible.

For more information, call Amelia Kajiyama at 961-8587 or Toni Nakatani at 961-8512.

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