Lower Sackville - Smoke Testing

Published: 1:19 PM | October 16, 2020

Halifax Water will be smoke testing a portion of the wastewater system in the Lower Sackville area. Smoke testing will take place between October 19 and November 6, 2020. This activity is weather dependant.
Residents in this area have received written notice on October 16, 2020 advising when testing will occur and what they can expect to see. This smoke is non-toxic, white to gray in colour, creates no fire hazard and should not enter any building unless there are plumbing defects.
Smoke testing is planned to take place on the following streets:

  • Seawood Ave
  • Leaside Drive
  • Sackville Drive (civics 501-546)

Customers do not need to be home at the time of testing (we do not need to enter your home). But it is very important all occupants of the building be aware of this testing.

Smoke seen coming from roof plumbing vents and manholes is normal. Smoke should not enter your home. If it does, it may be an indication of a defect in your plumbing that could be allowing harmful sewer gas into your home. This can happen if you have sinks, tubs/showers and floor drains that are not used regularly and the water in their plumbing traps evaporates. You can prevent this by pouring three cups of water down the drain or running the faucet for 60 seconds every so often (i.e. once a month).

The type of smoke used is non-toxic, non-staining, and non-harmful. It has a slight odour and is light gray in colour.

Police, Fire, City Officials, and your neighbours have also received this notification.

Smoke Testing Fact Sheet

For questions contact Halifax Water:

902-483-8187 or inflow@halifaxwater.ca

James Campbell, Communications & Public Relations Manager