Published: Feb 25, 2013 12:31 PM EST
Updated: Feb 25, 2013 12:32 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – Charlotte County Utilities (CCU) will be conducting a smoke test of the sanitary sewer system in the Deep Creek neighborhood from north of Sandhill Boulevard from Copiapo Drive on the west side to Trujillo Drive on the east side. The testing will begin Wednesday and run through March 7, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The smoke testing procedure will help identify potential sources of inflow and infiltration into the sanitary sewer system, as well as locate problems in private sewer lines that need to be repaired.

The testing is conducted by forcing a non-toxic, artificially created smoke into the sewer pipes. The smoke does not create a fire hazard and is not harmful to humans, pets, food, plants, or material goods. It does not leave residue or stains, but has a distinct, not unpleasant odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes where there is adequate ventilation.

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Homeowners do not need to be home and at no time will CCU employees need to enter the residence. If there is an individual in your home or business who has a respiratory problem and/or mobility limitations and may become alarmed or confused if they see smoke, please contact (941) 764-4300.