Smoke Testing of Sewer Lines to Begin Monday, August 12


Sanitary Sewer Survey

Inspection crews will be conducting a physical survey of the sanitary sewer system, as part of the Sewer Rehabilitation project started in May of this year. These crews work for RNA Inspections, Inc. This study will involve the opening and entering of manholes in the streets and easements.

An important task of the survey will be the “SMOKE TESTING” of the sewer lines to locate infiltration points in the collection system. The smoke that you will see coming from the vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground is NON-TOXIC, HARMLESS, HAS NO ODOR, AND CREATES NO FIRE HAZARD. The smoke should not enter your home unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps. If this occurs, you should consult a licensed plumber immediately. In any event, if the harmless smoke can enter through faulty plumbing, the potential exists for sewer gases to enter your home. Should smoke enter your home, open doors and windows for ventilation. You may also contact a member of the smoke testing crew working in the area and he will be pleased to check with you as to where and why the smoke has entered your home. If you have any seldom used drains, please pour water in the drain to fill the trap, which will prevent smoke from entering there. Drain traps should always be filled with water to prevent sewer gases or odors from entering the building.

Some sewer lines and manholes may be located on the backyard easement property line. Whenever these lines require investigation, members of the inspection crews will need access to the easements for the sewer lines and manholes. Homeowners do not need to be home and AT NO TIME WILL FIELD CREWS HAVE TO ENTER YOUR BUSINESS OR RESIDENCE.

No Smoking


The City of Ponchatoula has joined the almost 700 cities nationwide in going smoke-free. The City’s new smoke-free ordinance goes into effect on May 12, 2019. In addition to smoking restrictions that already exist under state law, there will be new restrictions on smoking and vaping (use of electronic smoking devices) in many locations across the city.

The City of Ponchatoula will host a smoking ban town hall educational meeting in the City Council Chambers May 1, 2019, at 5:30 PM. We encourage anyone wishing to learn more about the new law to attend.

This ordinance protects the public’s health by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke and encouraging smokers to quit. Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at work are more likely to develop heart disease or lung cancer, and approximately 1,000 children and adults in Louisiana die each year from secondhand smoke exposure. Tobacco use-the leading preventable cause of death in the United States-causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (such as emphysema) and diabetes. More than 20 million people in the United States have died from smoking-related diseases since 1964, including 2.5 million nonsmokers as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke.

  • Private homes, unless a group home, child care, adult day care, or health care facility is operated therein or unless it is a common area of a multi-unit dwelling
  • Private vehicles when a child under 13 is NOT present
  • Outdoor seating and serving areas, balconies, courtyards of bars, restaurants
  • Tobacco businesses and electronic smoking device businesses (vape shops)
  • Cigar bars and Hookah bars, as defined in the ordinance
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Workplaces
  • Hotels and motels
  • Schools (preschool to post-secondary) State law
  • Common areas of multi-unit housing, including apartment complexes and condos Buildings and vehicles owned, leased, occupied, or operated by the City or State
  • Vehicles with children under the age of 13 present as per State Law R.S.32:295
  • Most other public places (enclosed by two or more walls/barriers)
    • Examples: hospitals, nursing homes, public buses, retail stores, and retail service businesses
  • State Law – With twenty-five (25) feet of public entrances and wheelchair ramps of office buildings owned by the State, City or any of its agencies and within 200 feet of entrances, exits, and outdoor areas of elementary and secondary schools
  • City playgrounds and parks, except in designated areas
  • Any service line in a public place during times in which the public is invited and permitted, within five (5) feet of service window if in vehicle
  • Workplaces, such as construction sites
  • Every person who violates the ordinance shall be liable for a fine of up to $50.00 for each violation.
  • A business that violates the ordinance for a first violation shall be liable for a fine of not more than $100.00; or a second violation committed within a period of twelve (12) months the business will be liable for a fine of not more than $200.00; for a third violation, all of which occurred within 12 months, shall be liable for a fine up to $500.00. Any business that violates the ordinance five or more times within a 12-month period shall be subject to a revocation of the occupancy permit for the location in which the violation occurs.

City Tax Ordinance

Notice is hereby given that the following ordinance will be introduced at a meeting of the Ponchatoula City Council on April 8, 2019:


The City Council will meet on May 13, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at Ponchatoula City Hall, 125 W. Hickory St., at which time a public hearing will be held on the adoption of the ordinance. Anyone with comments may appear before the council at this time. Proposed ordinances may be reviewed at City Hall.

Fight Fraud

Contact the Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) Hotline if you suspect the misappropriation (theft), fraud, waste, or abuse of public funds by anyone.

Information provided to the LLA Hotline may result in an investigation, audit or other reviews.

When providing information to the LLA Hotline, please include sufficient detail (describing who, what, where, when, why, and how) to allow us to fully evaluate your information. Although we will consider anonymous information, providing us with your name and telephone number will allow us to contact you with any additional questions that we have.

Your name and telephone number, as well as the status of complaints, are confidential.

You may also call toll-free:

Or FAX to:

Or report via U.S. Mail:
LLA Hotline
P. O. Box 94397
Baton Rouge, LA 70804


Waste Management of Louisiana, LLC announces the purchase of Livingston Waste’s residential services. Waste Management will immediately begin servicing all residential garbage and trash customers as well as residential recycling customers previously serviced by Livingston Waste.

Service days for all Livingston Waste customers will remain the same unless otherwise notified.

“Waste Management of Louisiana is proud to serve our valued customers throughout Louisiana. We look forward to providing safe, reliable and environmentally friendly service to our new residential customers in Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Tammany parishes,” said René Faucheux, Waste Management manager of government and community affairs.

Current Livingston Waste customers can email [email protected] or call 1-866-604-5062 for additional information.

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