Paris Henry County Public Utility District Celebrates Gas Utility Workers’ Day on March 18

Paris Henry County Public Utility District will observe the national Gas Utility Workers’ Day on March 18, 2017. This is the second year in which Gas Utility Workers’ Day has been officially celebrated across the country. This day of recognition is a time when communities such as ours give recognition to the employees who provide one of their most valuable assets—their natural gas utility.

The official Gas Utility Workers’ Day is March 18 because that is the date of the New London, Texas school explosion in 1937 that led to the widespread odorization of natural gas and an increased emphasis on safety. Safety is a vital aspect to natural gas distribution and the employees of distribution companies endeavor to make natural gas delivery as safe as possible.

This annual nationwide event is intended to build public awareness about the hard work done by the employees of natural gas utilities. On this day, we will also educate residents on the environmental, safety and cost benefits of using clean, reliable and affordable natural gas. Our customers recognize the need to access reliable, affordable, safe energy and depend on the service of natural gas utility employees for that need.

Paris Henry County Public Utility District looks forward to continuing to bring safe, reliable natural gas into your homes and businesses.  We also hope you join us in supporting natural gas as a premier energy source for our country.  As the cleanest burning fossil fuel, natural gas can help us achieve energy security and build a more competitive economy.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of natural gas and how your natural gas system works, please contact us at 642-5635

Excess Flow Valves (EFV)

What are Excess Flow Valves?  According to the U.S Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration:

Excess Flow Valves (EFVs) are safety devices installed on natural gas distribution pipelines to reduce the risk of accidents.  They are designed to shut off the flow of gas in the event of an accident such excavation damage or an earthquake.  They are not designed to shut off the flow of gas for small leaks or if the leak occurs beyond the gas meter (such as on house piping or appliances).

EFVs are required for new or replaced gas service lines servicing single-family residences (SFR), as that phrase is defined in 49 CFR 192.383(a). Following the investigation of a natural gas explosion in Loudon County, Virginia, in 1998, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended (Recommendation P-01-002) that PHMSA require that excess flow valves be installed in all new and renewed gas service lines, regardless of a customer’s classification, when the operating conditions are compatible with readily available valves.

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In a Final Rule published in the Federal Register on October 14, 2016, PHMSA made changes to 49 CFR Part 192 to expand the requirement for EFVs, to include new or replaced branched service lines servicing SFRs, multifamily residences, and small commercial entities consuming gas volumes not exceeding 1,000 standard cubic feet per hour (SCFH). PHMSA also amended Part 192 to require the use of either manual service line shut-off valves (e.g., curb valves) or EFVs, if appropriate, for new or replaced service lines with meter capacities exceeding 1,000 SCFH. This final rule also requires operators to notify customers of their right to request installation of EFVs on service lines that are not being newly installed or replaced. This final rule, entitled “Expanding the Use of Excess Flow Valves in Gas Distribution Systems to Applications Other Than Single-Family Residences”, is effective April 14, 2017.

Any existing customers who currently do not have an EFV may contact the main office at 642-5635 in order to schedule an estimate.  The home owner is responsible for the cost of installing an EFV into an existing residence.