COMBINED SEWER SMOKE TESTING NOTIFICATION
The City of Elkins is conducting a sanitary sewer smoke testing evaluation designed to detect ground water and storm water that is entering the sanitary sewer system through defects in the pipe or illicit connections such as catch basins or downspouts. We will be testing sewer lines adjacent to South Davis Avenue in an area approximately bounded by the river, Industrial Park Drive, and Conway Drive, as well as the Teaberry Hills area and areas around Sycamore Street adjacent to Davis & Elkins College. The smoke testing will be performed during the week of May 22, 2017 to May 26, 2017. In the event of inclement weather, the smoke testing will continue into the following week.
Smoke will be blown into the sewer system at manholes, and may be seen coming from roof vents, building foundations, or manhole covers. The smoke is a non-toxic substance which is clean and harmless to humans, pets, food, and material goods and creates no fire hazard. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. Ensure that all plumbing traps, including basement floor drains, are not dry and contain water. If you have any seldom used drains, pour water into the drain to fill the trap. If smoke enters the home through faulty plumbing, this indicates the possibility that dangerous sewer gases are also entering your home and you should consider contacting a licensed plumber to identify and make repairs. You can report any presence of smoke within the house to the crews working in the street conducting the tests.
Please avoid unnecessary exposure to the smoke. Although the smoke is relatively harmless, smoke of any kind can be irritating to the nasal passages for some people. If you experience smoke irritation, it should be temporary and quickly disappear after exposure has ceased.
If you or any member of your family have respiratory problems, are immobile, or have any other health condition that you feel we need to be aware of, please contact the City of Elkins Operations Division, at 304-635-7021.
If you should have any further questions, additional information on smoke testing can be obtained in the lobby of the City Hall.
Click here to download the smoke testing FAQ sheet.
As a result of discussion with the Region III office of the US Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Elkins has been advised by the EPA that our obligation for the 5 year yard waste project under the Consent Decree signed by the City in 2011 has been satisfied.
While we recognize that the curbside yard waste pick-up has proven to be a popular service offered by the City, the burden on the City’s resources can no longer be sustained. Therefore the City will no longer be able to offer curbside pick-up of yard waste.
However, we realize that offering City residents a means for disposal of yard waste material has significant benefits, so we intend to keep our receiving area open in its current location at 31 Jones Drive.
On Monday, August 1, 2016, the City of Elkins will start adding a polyphosphate corrosion inhibitor to our water treatment process.
Here are some basic facts of what we anticipate during the transition period:
- Within the first three months, August 1st – October 1st, which is the initial break in period of adding phosphate to a system, it is possible to have cloudy or somewhat turbid water in the distribution system periodically. This is an indicator of the phosphate doing what it is intended to do as the phosphate is designed to remove any calcium and iron/manganese hardness buildup in the distribution system. During the break-in period, the phosphate will form a base layer on the distribution system piping in a controlled filming treatment. This method of treatment provides a strong protective film while scrubbing away old deposits and biofilm formations and also allows for the sequestering of metals.
- Blended phosphates use the ortho and poly forms of phosphate to produce products capable of corrosion control and sequestering and are more stable than many single ingredient formulations. We look forward to seeing the future results in the ongoing protection and advancement of our combined systems.
The City of Elkins will hold a public informational presentation on upcoming changes and improvements to the City’s water treatment plant and distribution system. All individuals interested in learning more about the City’s drinking water system are encouraged to attend.
Topics to be addressed include:
- Discussion on current issues and concerns with the City’s water treatment plant and distribution system
- Planned changes to the current water treatment process
- Overview of the Water Improvement Project and its expected benefits
The public meeting will be held at the Elkins Recreation and Event Center at 6:30 p.m. on July 20, 2016.
The City of Elkins is in the process of creating its own database to notify residents of alerts in a faster manner. These alerts can be sent to residents via text message and/or email in a matter of minutes through Nixle, a community information service.
If you would like to sign up to receive alerts, email Operations Assistant Melody Himes at email@example.com. Please note your preference to receive alerts via text and/or email. Your information will be added to the database and will not be shared with an outside party.
We would like to thank the Randolph County Office of Emergency Management for graciously sharing access to this service.
For more information, please contact the City of Elkins Operations Division at 304-636-1414 ext. 1437.
Citywide hydrant flushing and flow testing will begin at approximately 8 a.m. on Monday, May 16th and continue until all hydrants have been flushed and tested. Hydrant flushing is necessary to maintain water clarity and quality in the distribution lines. Hydrant flow testing is necessary to ensure that the hydrants are capable of providing water at an acceptable pressure and flow rate for firefighting operations.
As a result of the line flushing process, residents in the immediate vicinity of the work may experience cloudy or discolored water. To clear the water, allow cold water faucets to run for approximately 10 minutes. If the water does not clear, try again in one hour. Use caution before washing laundry, especially light colored items.
Exciting developments are underway at the Elkins Recreation and Event Center. Formerly the Elkins National Guard Armory, the building has undergone significant renovations and is primed to be used for a variety of functions – including, but not limited to, concerts, fundraisers, dinners and sporting events.
We are opening our doors to the public on May 18 for a grand opening. An open meeting of the Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting with the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce. Guests will be invited to tour the facility – either with a guide or at their own discretion. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
The Elkins Recreation and Event Center, Elkins Parks and Recreation Commission and City of Elkins, would like to cordially invite you to attend this exciting event. We encourage you to come and see for yourself the progress we’ve made at the facility and find out more about our plans for the future.
The City of Elkins has developed a Source Water Protection Plan and would like to invite all customers to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. at Elkins City Hall located at 401 Davis Avenue. Please join us to review and comment on the plan.
Please contact the Operations Division for additional information at 304-635-7021. You may also review the SWPP flyer for additional information.
A hydrant flow test will take place on Friday, October 2nd at the old National Guard Armory between 9:00 a.m-9:30 a.m. Customers in this area may experience cloudy water as a result.