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City to 'smoke' sewer system
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The City of Larned is concerned about possible leaks in the city’s sanitary sewer system. Leaks in the system can allow large amounts of rain water to enter the city’s wastewater system, City Manager Don Gaeddert said Saturday.

The City plans to conduct smoke testing of the system on Tuesday afternoon, in the area of Third and Toles to Third and Park, Gaeddert said. The City has arranged to have the testing completed by the Kansas Rural Water Association, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to cities and rural water districts.

Homeowners are advised that basement floor drains or any unused drains in homes or businesses should be filled with water on the days when the smoking is scheduled. During the testing, workers will be walking through neighborhoods trying to detect smoke surfacing over sewer-line routes on in homes and businesses.

Anyone who notices smoke in their home or business during the testing should contact the Power Plant at 285-8585.

The smoke to be used is harmless; people should not panic if they notice smoke, just call 285-8585.