'Smoking' work continues on sewer lines

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Mount Olive residents who see smoke around their house, shouldn’t call 911.

The town’s public works department personnel are smoking sewer lines to find leaks. The work is done every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout town, and has no timeline for completion.

A project required by the state, smoking lines pinpoints potential leaks. Those weak areas cause inflow and infiltration problems at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

The town has 42 miles of sewer lines and many are 40 years old.

Two crews are handling the project. One reports the leak and the other repairs it.

Jammie Royall, town manager, warns residents could see smoke appear from a vent in their bathroom. He said if they have any concerns, they may call the town’s public works department.

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