Knoxville — Dumping dye down every toilet inside every building along the stretch of Robinson Street that is currently under construction may not seem exciting, but it is a ncessary part of the project.
Streetscape Project Manager Richard Brees said that the crew is checking sewer input lines, to be sure that those that have not been replaced are flowing into the main. (See the video for further explanation.)
Yesterday, the crew checked the toilets on the second and third floors of the Iowa State Savings Bank building. Today, he checked the six on the main floor of the bank.
Brees poured dye into each toilet. He flushed each one multiple times to push the water into the sewer faster. A crew outside observed the water flowing through the main, to spot the dye to see if everything was working correctly.
This test will be performed at every other building along the streetscape route. In the case of the theater, which had the toilets removed during a remodeling project, Brees said a five-gallon bucket of water will be dumped down the line inside the building for this test.
The crew has already been working along the street, underground. David Hoke with ISSB showed the Journal-Express three walls in the bank's basement, rebuilt by the crew to seal an old vault. Hoke spoke highly of the quality of the work the crew did.