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IT'S JUST A SMOKY SEWER TEST

If you see fumes coming from the system, don't be alarmed. It's merely people looking for leaks.

If you see some suspicious vapors billowing out of a manhole on Tuesday, don't panic and call 911 - unless you see flames shooting skyward, of course.

The city contracted with a company called Altair Environmental Group, which will work with the sewage collection staff to check for leaks in the sewer line system.

An odorless substance called LiquiSmoke will alert workers to any breaches in the pipes.

It does not leave residue on surfaces and is not considered harmful to people or furnishings, according to Judy Staley, Tarpon Springs' research and information officer.

Testing will take place in various parts of the city throughout August. Workers will deliver informational door hangers to residents in affected areas one day before testing.

Customers who would like to know more can call (727) 942-5606 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Former Mayor Anita Protos was pleased to hear about the project.

"We have old lines,'' she said. "When I was in office, we always stayed on top of it because of the danger of contamination. I don't think a lot of testing has been done in the last six years.''

Eileen Schulte can be reached at (727) 445-4153 or schulte@sptimes.com.

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