The Leesville Public Works Department will begin smoke testing on all sewer lines within the corporate limits on Dec. 5-7. All sewer lines throughout the city will be tested in the coming months.

The Leesville Public Works Department will begin smoke testing on all sewer lines within the corporate limits on Dec. 5-7. All sewer lines throughout the city will be tested in the coming months.
According to the city of Leesville, the testing will allow crews to identify uncapped, broken, or open sewer lines, which can create significant backups during heavy rains. Uncapped sewer lines allow rainwater and groundwater to enter into the sewer system. Residents near uncapped lines may suffer from a range of problems, including sewer overflow within their homes.
“Leesville’s sewer system is notorious for uncapped lines that create health risks for many residents," Leesville Mayor Robert Rose said. "Our residents should not have to battle with sewer problems that can be resolved by efforts from the city."
A special, non-toxic smoke will be used in these tests. This smoke is manufactured for testing purposes, leaves no residuals or stains and has no effects on plant or animal life. The smoke has a distinctive, but not unpleasant, order. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes, where there is adequate ventilation.
A photograph will be taken of leaks occurring in the system. In order to do so, representatives may have to enter residents' yards, depending on where the leaks are located. At no time will it be necessary for our representatives to enter a resident's home.
Following the testing, open lines will be identified and fixed as quickly as possible. Residents should be aware smoke may rise from manholes throughout the city. Smoke from manholes is to be expected during this testing. However, residents should immediately call the Public Works department at (337) 239-2995 if smoke rises in their homes or place of business. Location, identification, and correction of the source of smoke that enters a house is urgently advised. While the city of Leesville will render all possible cooperation, the correction of any defects in the pipes and sewer lines on private property is the responsibility of the owner. The services of a professional plumber are advised. For further information about smoke testing, please contact the Public Works Department at (337) 239-2995.