Sewer Smoke Testing

Please be advised that we will be smoke testing the sewer in Cooktown over the following weeks.

The proposed schedule of testing is as follows:

DateStreets to be tested
Wednesday 11 May     Furneaux Street, Cooktown
Wednesday 18 May  Pryde, Ann, Green and May Street, Cooktown

Smoke testing is used to find where stormwater infiltration is entering the sewer and causing wet weather overflows. The technique can also find incorrect stormwater connections to the sewerage system and identify cracks or breaks in the pipes.

A non-toxic smoke is blown into the sewerage system via the sewer manholes.  The smoke is similar to that used for special effects.  The smoke will escape through manholes and sewer vents on your roof.  Smoke may also come out of downpipes showing incorrect stormwater connections and may come out of the ground indicating a crack in the pipe.

As Council officers will require access to the back of some properties, Council will duly inform all impacted residences ahead of time. Officers are easily identifiable as they will be in uniform and have Authorised Officers Identification cards.

On the day of inspections, please ensure pets, in particular, dogs, are restrained for the health and safety of our employees.

Please contact Council on 4082 0500 if you need to make special arrangements for the visit, for example, if you have locked gates. 

There will be no disruption to your normal water and sewer services and it is not necessary for residents in these properties to be home.  

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday