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Smoke test on tap for Courtenay sewers

The city is doing smoke testing of its sanitary sewer system next week.

It runs in south Courtenay from August 12th to 16th and is done by blowing a harmless vapour into a sewer. 

It’s not really smoke, but a mist containing a large percentage of moisture. 

It is highly visible at low concentrations and is expected to exit from manholes, the sewer stack at the top of your house, catch basins and downspouts.

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The following areas will be affected:

  • The Ridge neighbourhood
  • Cliffe Avenue commercial corridor from Mansfield Drive (north end) south to Anfield Road
  • Moray Avenue 30th Street, Kilpatrick Avenue commercial area
  • Hornby Place, Galloway Crescent and the south end of Stewart and Piercy Avenues

“Smoke” testing is a commonly-used method to evaluate sewers, identify failed sanitary sewers, and locate connections between sanitary and storm sewers. 

The city says the smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue or stains, and has no impact on plants or animals. 

However, if smoke enters your home or business, it may signal plumbing defects in your home. 

Contact Public Works Services at 250-338-1525 for more information.

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The city says getting too close to the smoke as direct contact can cause minor respiratory irritation in some people. 

If you are within the testing areas and people in your building or residence have asthma, emphysema or some other respiratory condition, and are planning to remain in the building during the testing, call the City of Courtenay Public Works Department at 250-338-1525.

For more information on smoke testing, visit or call City of Courtenay Public Works Services at 250-338-1525 or email [email protected]

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