Resident Instructions for Dye / Camera Tests

Information to Aid Residents in the Process of Dye & Camera Test Evaluations

The City of Lower Burrell is taking a proactive approach in eliminating water infiltration into our sanitary sewer system, and with the help and cooperation of the community, the requirements set forth by the DEP have a greater chance of being accomplished.

In following the requirements set forth by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in the form of a long term control plan, the City of Lower Burrell, along with surrounding municipalities, has developed processes and projects in order to reach these requirements.

One of the processes that were adapted to meet these requirements was to enforce the camera evaluation, along with the established Dye Test of the private sanitary lateral lines that were set forth in Ordinance 5-2000. As the City is working toward eliminating water infiltration in the main sewer lines and manholes, it is going to take the private sector of the system as well to reach the goal of eliminating a minimum of 40% of the storm/ground water infiltration of the entire sanitary system.

Sale of Home

As part of this process, new forms were developed for the Dye Test and Camera Evaluations that are required upon the sale of a home. These forms are located at the Tax Office and will be provided upon application. In order for residents to better understand the steps needed to get a Dye and Camera Test performed of their home, please review the step by step instructions and flow chart:

Excessive Stormwater or Groundwater

The City of Lower Burrell has also adapted their camera evaluations of the main sewer lines by focusing on performing them during rain events. While doing so, any lateral that shows an excessive amount of storm/ground water entering into the main sanitary system will be contacted via letter to correct the issue. By performing a Dye and Camera Test, it will be determined where the water is entering the private sanitary system and steps needed to correct the problem can then be established.

For more information, please review:

Dye Test Procedure Update - Effective June 1, 2016

The City of Lower Burrell will be changing the format of the Dye Test procedure for when a home is sold or transferred in the City of Lower Burrell. As of June 1, 2016 it will now be a 2 page format, with the first being the typical Dye Test done previously with minor additions added to the form.

The second page of the form is the newly required camera evaluation of all interior basement floor drain lines, along with the entire lateral from inside the home to the main sewer connection. Both forms need to be completed in their entirety prior to home being sold or transfer of ownership.

An electronic copy with the date, footages, etc. Is also required to be provided to the resident and the City of Lower Burrell upon completion.

Smoke & Dye Test Applications

Smoke and Dye Test Applications must be completed at the Tax Office.