The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is conducting its regular annual maintenance survey of the natural gas distribution system.
“Every year, as required by the U.S. Department. of Transportation, we walk the gas lines comprising the county’s distribution network, to detect and repair gas leaks of any size,” said Deputy Utilities Manager for Gas, Water & Sewer, Timothy Glasco.
The DPU’s contractor, Fitzgerald and Associates can be seen beginning Wednesday, Sept. 26 in Los Alamos and White Rock as follows:
the southern part of Los Alamos town site, (Eastern Area, Western Area, Denver Steel)
in White Rock throughout Pajarito Acres, commercial areas and schools.
The leak detection survey is slated for completion the week of Oct. 5.
Gas leak detection begins at the customer’s gas meter and then proceeds toward the larger gas lines.
If a leak of any size is detected, it is immediately marked for investigation and subsequent remediation by DPU’s Gas Water & Sewer (GWS) field crews.
As always, in the event of a hissing sound or natural gas odor, the DPU reminds citizens to call 311 or 505-662-8333 (M-F, 8-5) or 505-662-8222 (after hours.)
The DPU purchases and distributes natural gas to approximately 7,600 customers in Los Alamos who use it to power their water heaters, stoves, home heating systems and more.
Natural gas is safe, clean and efficient energy. However, like other forms of energy, it is important to respect its potential dangers. Accordingly, the DPU provides “Living Safely with Natural Gas” to provide urgent safety information about natural gas and the distribution system.
Free copies are available in English and Spanish by download, at: http://www.losalamosnm.us/utilities/DPUDocuments/DPU_BR1006NaturalGasBrochure-ENG.pdf , by request, or by dropping by the county’s 311 Customer Care Center at 150 Central Park Square, which is operated by the DPU.
Send request to DPU @ lacnm.us or call 662-8333 to receive a copy.