Non-toxic smoke is being used to identify possible leaks in the sewerage system

If you see smoke issuing from the ground around Wamberal between now and September 1, don’t worry, the suburb is not on fire.
Central Coast Council will be undertaking smoke testing at Wamberal as part of its Save Our Sewers campaign.
Non-toxic smoke will be used to investigate possible stormwater and groundwater infiltration into the sewerage system, identifying any possible cracks or breaks, minimising risk, and ensuring sewage is not able to leak into the environment.
Council Acting Director, Water and Sewer, Jamie Loader, said Council actively takes measures to ensure the continued high performance of the Coast’s essential infrastructure.
“Smoke testing is an efficient and innovative way to identify any potential leaks in our sewer networks which could put us and the environment at risk,” Loader said.
“The smoke signals that we will be sending up to the community are just a reminder that we all play a role in helping to Save Our Sewers.”
The smoke used is non-toxic to the environment, wildlife and humans, and leaves no residuals or staining.
However, residents are advised to avoid direct contact with the smoke as it could cause a respiratory irritation in some people.
Pets should be controlled in backyards for properties where access to sewer manholes is required.
Any faulty plumbing issues found on private property will be recorded and the home owner notified.

Media release, Jul 15
Central Coast Council

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