Garland Water Utilities conducts leak detection tests on the pipes of our sanitary sewer system every year during the months of July, August and September.
The tests are performed by the department’s Inflow & Infiltration section by pumping a special non-toxic, non-staining smoke into the sewer lines one section at a time. If there is a crack or break anywhere in the pipeline, the smoke will rise to the surface and the crew can visually see the exact location where repairs are needed.
Water from rain events or even naturally occurring ground water can seep into pipes that are broken or cracked, which adds to the flow of water going to the wastewater treatment plant. More flow means increased processing costs. Keeping this water out of our pipelines saves money and prevents unnecessary high flows through the equipment at the plant.
This year’s smoke testing area is along the I-30 Corridor from Bass Pro Drive to N. Beltline Road/Broadway Boulevard. The test will encompass a large area and may continue through the first few weeks in October.
When the crews plan to work in your neighborhood, an information tag will be hung on your front door three days before the work is started. Rain or high winds can affect the test results, so there are times when testing will have to be postponed. Residents will be notified if defects are found on private property.
If you have any questions about the City’s smoke testing program, please call 972-205-3210 or email WaterOps@GarlandTX.gov.
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The Mayors of Garland, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson, in an unprecedented move, recently announced that their cities are asking the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to conduct a review of their water rates with the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD). The cities are taking this action because the rates set by the NTMWD under the six-decade old water supply contract are discriminatory, are inconsistent with water conservation and are not in the public interest. As a result, the four cities have paid a total of $178 million for water they did not use.
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