Sackville - Smoke Testing

Halifax Water will be smoke testing a portion of the wastewater system
Published: 3:38 PM | September 11, 2020

Halifax Water will be smoke testing a portion of the wastewater system in Riverside Drive area of Sackville between September 14th and October 2nd, 2020, weather dependant.  

Residents in this area have received written notice on September 11th, 2020, advising when testing will occur and what they can expect to see.

On one of these days within the time frame above, our smoke test crews will walk along your street and around the outside of your house looking for signs of smoke. All Halifax Water employees carry photo ID.

Smoke testing is planned to take place on the following streets:

  • Alder Cres
  • Aspen Cres
  • Aspen Crt
  • Balsam Cir
  • Briarwood Crt
  • Candlewood Ln
  • Candlewood Crt
  • Irving Ave
  • Mulberry Crt
  • Spruce Ave
  • Schutlz St
  • Sycamore Ln
  • Winsloe Dr
  • Riverside Dr (between Sackville Dr and Aspen Cres)
  • Dorothy Dr (civic 30-45)
  • Gloria Ave (civic 7-16)
  • Irene Ave (civic 61-64)

Customers do not need to be home at the time of testing (we do not need to enter your home). But it is very important all occupants of the building be aware of this testing.

Smoke seen coming from roof plumbing vents and manholes is normal. Smoke should not enter your home. If it does, it may be an indication of a defect in your plumbing that could be allowing harmful sewer gas into your home. This can happen if you have sinks, tubs/showers and floor drains that are not used regularly and the water in their plumbing traps evaporates. You can prevent this by pouring three cups of water down the drain or running the faucet for 60 seconds every so often (i.e. once a month).

The type of smoke used is non-toxic, non-staining, and non-harmful. It has a slight odour and is light gray in colour.

Police, Fire, City Officials, and your neighbours have also received this notification.

Smoke Testing Fact Sheet

For questions contact Halifax Water:

902-483-8187 or

Inflow & Infiltration Group