The Macon Water Authority is hosting a town hall meeting for residents in the Lake Tobesofkee area at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Claystone Campground Public Use Pavilion to educate the public about a sewer system evaluation being performed in the area.
The evaluation, being conducted mostly by authority contractor Compliance EnviroSystems starting at the end of August, will assess the condition of the sewer system, especially in areas thought to need the most maintenance and improvements.
The process includes flow monitoring, manhole inspections, smoke testing, checking lines with closed-circuit television, and then cleaning them.
According to an authority news release, smoke testing can be alarming to residents because it involves injecting nontoxic, harmless smoke into the sewer system and tracing where it comes out. This helps the authority locate leaks and breaks in the pipes, but residents unaware of the process may fear the smoke indicates some kind of fire.
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A similar project has been mostly completed in the Echeconeee Creek drainage basin in south Bibb County, according to the authority.