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Sewer smoke testing in Bega

February 1, 2023 11:29 am in by

If you have noticed smoke coming out of drains around Bega this week, a Fire and Rescue spokesperson has confirmed there is nothing to worry about.

A Fire and Rescue NSW Bega Station spokesperson told East Coast Radio it’s not a fire but water and pipeline infrastructure specialists, Interflow, conducting sewage line testing in the area all day today (Wednesday Febuary 1) with Main Street, Auckland Street and Gipps Street the areas around town to be most affected.

The Bega Valley Shire Council contractors may need to access some properties with a sewer inspection shaft in the garden as well.

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Interflow contractors carry identification, and they will be in uniform and arrive in marked vehicles.

Smoke testing is very effective at pinpointing problems in our sewerage network, including households with a non-compliant stormwater connection.

A non-compliant stormwater connection is when household plumbing (downpipes and gully trap) connects to our sewerage network. These connections can cause sewer spills during heavy rain.

All residents in the testing area are being informed by letterbox drop.

Image: Bega Valley Shire Council, James Fennessy – East Coast Radio

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