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Smoky Times Lie Ahead for Norwalk Pipes

NORWALK, Conn. – If you're on the Norwalk sewer system, you may see smoke coming from your pipes in the next few days – but only if your pipes are defective.

The city's Water Pollution Control Authority will be conducting smoke testing to identify where storm water may be entering the sanitary sewer system. According to the city's website, smoke testing will be performed in the next few days from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following streets:

• Armstrong Court• Jennie Jenks Street• Richlee Road• Beacon Street• Jersey Lane• Rockmore Road• Catalpa Street• Karen Drive• Chelene Road• King Street• Sterling Place• Crossland Place• Kingsbury Road• Strawberry Hill Avenue• Dairy Farm Road• Knoll Street• Sunset Hill Avenue• Dairy Farm Court• Lenore Drive• Tally Drive• East Avenue• Lighthouse Lane• Tanglewood Lane• Eugene Drive• Lyncrest Drive• Waterbury Road• Gwendolyn Street• Macintosh Road• William Street• Hillandale Manor• Maurice Street• Willow Street

If smoke enters your building, it may set off smoke detectors; if you are home, open the windows to ventilate and notify the crew in the street, who will be easily identifiable by their traffic vests and red truck. The smoke should pass in 15 to 20 minutes.

The smoke is nontoxic, nonstaining and does not leave a residue, the city says. This testing poses no fire hazard.

For more information, call the city's contractor, Flow Assessment Services LLC at 888-311-9799 or Nic Berkun of the WPCA at 203-216-1206. After hours, contact the city's contract operator, OMI, at 203-943-0222, a 24-hour hotline.

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