Aug. 29—Beginning Tuesday, a consultant will begin a quality control survey of the Decatur Utilities natural gas system so workers will need access to some private properties, mostly in Southwest Decatur this year.
As required annually, the survey will check for leaks in all natural gas mains and business/commercial service lines in Decatur. The utility has a fifth of residential service lines checked each year.
This year's residential survey area includes portions of Decatur bordered by Almon Way Southwest on the north; Flint Creek to the south; Spring Avenue S.W. on the east and Alabama 24 on the west.
The survey work will be conducted by Heath Consultants Inc. of Houston, Texas, a specialist in gas leak detection. Heath vehicles will have signs identifying the company. They will also be marked as an authorized Decatur Utilities contractor.
This project will involve a slow-moving vehicle at 5 mph in streets, alleys and highways throughout Decatur. A portion of the work may be conducted at night when traffic is lighter.
Some parts of the gas system are only accessible by foot by a technician using handheld gas detection instruments. The Heath employee will need access to a customer's property and the gas meter. Each employee will have identification and explain their purpose for being on private property.
During this survey, gas leaks found on Decatur Utilities equipment will be repaired and gas service restored. If gas leaks found are not on Decatur Utilities equipment, the homeowner or business will be notified and gas service will be disconnected until repairs are completed by the homeowner or business.
The survey is to ensure public safety and the proper operation of gas lines and meters. This survey is required by the Federal Department of Transportation-Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration and the Alabama Public Service Commission.
It is anticipated this work will be completed by Dec. 9.
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