To All Residents and Occupants of the City of Riviera Beach
The City of Riviera Beach Utility District Department will be conducting smoke testing of the sanitary
sewer system in upcoming months. This testing will begin on
This study will involve the opening and entering of manholes in the streets and public utility easements. An
important task of the testing will be to locate breaks and defects in the sewer system. The smoke will also
reveal sources of where storm and other surface water enter the sewer system.
A special non-toxic smoke will be used in these tests. The smoke is manufactured for this purpose,
leaves no residuals or stains, and has no effect on plant or animal life. The smoke has a distinctive,
but not unpleasant, odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes, where there is adequate
Because the plumbing appliances in your house or building are connected to the sanitary sewer system,
some smoke may enter your home or place of business if the:
• Vents connected to your building's sewer pipes are inadequate, defective, or improperly installed.
• Traps under sinks, tubs, basins, showers and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed,
• Pipes, connections and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under your buildings are
damaged, defective, have plugs missing, or are improperly installed
All residents are advised that if traces of this smoke or its odor enter your house or building, it is an
indication that gases and odors from the sewer also may enter. These can be both unpleasant and
dangerous, as well as a health risk to the occupants. Should smoke enter your home or business, you may
contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in your area or contact the Utility District at
the telephone number below.
A crew member will be able to help and check with you as to where the smoke has entered your
building. Location, identification, and correction of the source of smoke that enters your building
is urgently advised. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
The information gained from this testing will be used to improve your sewer services and may reduce the
eventual cost to utility customers.
Should you have any questions on this matter, please call.
City of Riviera Beach Utility District
Allen J. Davis
Water/Sewer Systems Superintendent
600 West Blue Heron Blvd.
Riviera Beach, FL 33404