Slidell to conduct water line work, sewer testing

Portions of two Slidell streets will be closed next week while crews work on water lines, according to Mayor Freddy Drennan’s office.

North Pearl Street will be closed from Gause Boulevard to Cane Street, beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, while city crews extend a water line. The road is expected to reopen at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Prep work for a new water tap will require closing Rue Rochelle from Gause Boulevard to Rue Miramon beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. The street is expected to reopen at 5 a.m. Friday.

Rue Rochelle also will be closed Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“I would appreciate everyone’s cooperation in exercising caution while traveling in these areas,” Drennan said in a prepared statement. “I know these closures will be an inconvenience for residents in those areas. These are major thoroughfares and we are working on these issues at night and during the weekend to make it more convenient for our citizens.”

The city also will begin a two-week physical survey of its sewer lines Monday, smoke testing lines between Holly Drive and Bayou Liberty extending east to west from Bayou Lane to Carroll Drive. The smoke helps workers detect breaks and defects in the system, and the information will be used to improve sewer services.

During smoke testing, residents in the immediate test area may notice smoke coming from the vent stacks on houses. The smoke is harmless and odorless and will not create a fire hazard, according to the city.

Smoke should not enter any home unless it has defective plumbing or dried-up drain traps, which can happen if there is a sink, bathtub or shower that is rarely used, causing the water in the drain trap to evaporate over time.

Turning the water on occasionally will keep the trap full, according to the city.

If smoke does get into a home, residents should open a door or window and consult a plumber. Smoke getting in could signal faulty plumbing that can allow dangerous sewer gases to enter the building.

Crews may access sewer lines and manholes on backyard easement property lines, but they do not need to enter homes or businesses, the city said. Door hanger notices will be distributed on the day before testing begins in each neighborhood.