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City of Scappoose to test sewer lines

    Sewer line testing in Scappoose will begin July 18 and continue through July 31. Work crews will be conducting smoke tests on lines, to check for breaks and defects.

The city advises that smoke coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is non-toxic and has no odor. Smoke should not enter a home unless the home has defective plumbing or dried drain traps. The city advises residents to pour a gallon of water into each floor drain prior to testing. If smoke enters your home, there could be dangerous sewer gases infiltrating your home. If you detect smoke or sewer gases, evacuate immediately and notify work crews, or call the city at 503-543-7146.