January 11, 2012 Edition

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Hoxie to test lines

Leslie Ginn
Staff Writer

Smoke tests for the sewer lines covering most of the city will start in Hoxie this week.

"After we verify the extent of damage to the pipes we will then be able to proceed with finding grants and loans to fund repairs," said Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker.

Arkansas Rural Water will be conducting the tests. Gases in the sewer will naturally corrode the pipes over time. The harmless smoke tests will pinpoint penetrations and cracks in pipes.

The test, which is done as a free service, will provide an opportunity for the city to eliminate problems that lead to higher wastewater costs. The result could mean lower utility bills in the future.

"The tests are completely safe," said Hoxie City Clerk Katie Smith, "but can be alarming at times to residents since smoke will come out of vents on people's roofs and sometimes into people's homes."

Residents can take this as an opportunity to check their own plumbing, as well. If the smoke comes out the vent, it means the home's plumbing is sound; if smoke comes into the house, it is a sign of plumbing problems or clogged vents and a plumber should be contacted.

The smoke is non-staining, and if it enters the home it will leave the home quickly and is not dangerous or damaging.

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