BASTROP, Texas – Bastrop residents could see smoke rising from manholes in the coming weeks, but you won’t need to worry.

The city will be conducting smoke testing of the wastewater collection system between Oct. 23 and Nov. 11. It will involve opening and inspecting manholes and sewer lines. “The smoke that customers may see coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is harmless, has little odor and creates no fire hazard,” the city said.

Water & Wastewater Superintendent Curtis Hancock said the tests will allow the city to determine where there are breaks and potential defects in the city’s sewer system. “The only way it would enter anyone’s home is if they have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps,” he said.

Customers who see the smoke entering their home or business should contact the City of Bastrop’s Water and Wastewater Department so they can inspect the sewer lines.

“Crews will be accessing sewer manholes in utility easements on private property, if the line requires investigation, members of the inspection crew will need to gain access.” Hancock added.

Those with questions regarding the testing can contact the City of Bastrop Water and Wastewater Department.