Hernando County Utilities Department (HCUD) will be testing the sanitary sewer gravity system (weather permitting) April 10 and 11, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Hernando Beach-Gulf Coast Retreats area. The goal of this testing is to improve service and reduce operating costs by identifying and correcting areas where stormwater is entering the sanitary sewer system. Affected residents and businesses have been contacted via letter and door
hangers. In addition, an electronic message board was placed on Calienta Street informing the neighborhood of this testing.
During this sanitary sewer system leak test, white smoke will be introduced into the sewer collection system. The smoke will reveal potential sources of groundwater infiltration, possible septic tank connections as well as rain and other surface waters that may be entering the sewer collection system. A special, nontoxic smoke will be used in conducting this test. This smoke is manufactured specifically for this purpose, it leaves no residuals or stains, and has no harmful effect on plant or animal life. The smoke also has a distinctive Sulphur odor. Visibility and odor last only a few minutes, providing there is adequate ventilation.
Plumbing appliances in your dwelling are connected to the sanitary sewer system; therefore, smoke may enter
your establishment if the following conditions exist:
Vents connected to your building’s sewer pipes are inadequate, defective or improperly installed
Traps under sinks, basins and other drains are dry, defective, improperly installed or missing
Pipes, connections, and seals of the wastewater drain system in and under your building are damaged, defective,
have plugs missing, or are improperly installed
Be advised that if traces of this smoke or its odor enter your dwelling, it is an indication that gases and odors from the sewer also may enter. These gases and/or odors can be both unpleasant and possibly a health hazard to occupants. Location, identification, and correction of the source where smoke enters
your establishment are strongly advised.
While the county will render all possible cooperation, the correction of any defects in the pipes and/or sewer on the private property remains the responsibility of the owner. The services of a licensed professional plumber are advised. Contact HCUD staff at (352) 754-4490 for more information.