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White smoke seen coming from Gridley's sewer system

People in Gridley may have seen a strange sight Monday. That's because the city was pumping white smoke through the sewer system.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 11:50 AM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 4:33 PM

GRIDLEY, Calif. - People in Gridley may have seen a strange sight Monday. That's because the city was pumping white smoke through the sewer system. 

They're using it to find and fix cracks and leaks.  Wherever workers see the smoke, they know that there is a leak. Workers told Action News Now they found a few places that had been compromised. 

"When it rains they're getting extra infiltration into their sewer system," said Jimmy Carter, director of American Leak Detector, "and they're having to treat that water for their system so they're treating more than is needed, which is costly for the city."

The city says it will save money by finding and fixing the leaks because it'll be able to cut back the extra water they've been running through its treatment plant. 

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