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Minco conducts smoke tests, submits lead and copper test sites and samples to DEQ
Saturday, 10.23.2010, 05:53pm (GMT-5)

By Kelly Rupp

The city of Minco conducted smoke tests of the sewer system on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The tests were run at the suggestion of the Department of Environmental Quality after the city received a warning for an unauthorized discharge from the lagoons following heavy rains.

The Oklahoma Rural Water Association provided the smoke machine for the testing and Tim Wincapaw and Richard Deshazo of the OWRA provided technical assistance for the project.

Smoke is forced into the sewer to check for leaks where storm water can enter.

“Where smoke comes out, water gets in,” said Pat Whalen, Minco’s acting water superintendent.

“Ninety percent of the city’s problem with the sewer system being inundated after a storm comes from individual homeowners,” said Whalen.

“The smoke test showed more than 100 clean-out vents or damaged clean out vents,” Whalen said.

Those open vents allow storm water to enter the sewer system. During heavy rains the lagoons fill with storm water, overwhelming the system and causing potential unauthorized discharges from the lagoons.

The smoke test also revealed areas the city needs to address.

“The other ten percent of the problem lies with manholes. The manholes are old and some need to be refurbished or raised. We found four or five buried manholes,” Whalen said.

“The ORWA, especially Tim and Richard, were very helpful. They heard we had a problem with our lagoons and they helped us take care of it right away,” Whalen said.

The city will be notifying residents of problem areas on their property revealed by the smoke testing.

In some cases there are collapsed sewer lines on private property, but in most cases residents can easily address the problem by replacing the cap on the sewer clean-out. The clean-out vent is a pipe, usually PVC. The clean-out can have a screwed on cap or a rubber cap.

“Putting a rubber cap on the pipe is an easy fix,” Whalen said.

Whalen is urging all residents to check their cleanout vents to make sure they are closed so storm water cannot enter the sewer system.

In other water department business, Whalen is attempting to address the DEQ requirements for lead and copper testing in residences.

In an article published in The Minco Millennium, Whalen requested residents meeting certain lead copper and lead pipe specifications in their residences volunteer to let the city collect water samples for testing. There has not been a strong response to the request.

“I had a conference call with Sherry McGuire at the DEQ. They are willing to work with us. The Environmental Protection Agency is getting a lot of flack from people all over the country about this testing. I’m not going to go into people’s homes without them asking,” Whalen said.

 Whalen submitted 13 sites for copper and lead testing to the DEQ, but they were rejected because the paperwork has since been revised.

“I sent the DEQ samples and they tested ten samples before they rejected the sites and we got those results.

“The sample taken from the cafeteria at the school had the highest levels for lead and copper. Those levels were still below actionable levels, so no one is required to do anything about it. They rejected the school as a sample site. The area with the highest potential for the most impact on people was at the school and they rejected the site,” Whalen said.

The lead content at the school was 7.1 micrograms per liter. Anything below 15 micrograms per liter requires no action by DEQ and EPA standards.

The copper level at the school was 378. Anything below 1200 requires no action.


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