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Smithsburg briefs

October 03, 2012

Public works director reports on sewer line cleaning

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg town officials did smoke tests recently to determine where excess water might be infiltrating the town’s sewer lines.

In the tests, smoke is injected into sewer lines and possible areas where water might be entering the pipe system is determined by smoke rising from the ground.

About 50 problem areas were found and most of them were broken clean-out pipes at homes, Jeff Long, the town’s public works director, said during a Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

The clean-out pipes are used to clean out sewer lines on a residential property.

Homeowners with the broken clean-out pipes are being given 30 days to repair the pipes, town officials said.

Water infiltration into the town’s sewer system has been an issue periodically. There has been concern about the problem because of extra costs of treating the excess water.

Lighting of Smithsburg Christmas tree planned for Nov. 30

SMITHSBURG — Smithsburg’s annual lighting of the town Christmas tree in Veterans Park will be Friday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m., town officials said during the Smithsburg Town Council meeting Tuesday night.

The town Christmas parade and the annual Christmas party at the Smithsburg Community Volunteer Fire Co. will be held the next day, officials said.

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— Dave McMillion

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