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Connie TuckerGas SuperintendentExt 215ctucker@fvutil.com

GENERAL INFORMATION

The Utility Commission attains its gas supply through the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia (MGAG). Our natural gas supplies are aggregated with the needs of the other members (over 70) to negotiate better volume pricing through greater economies of scale. Please refer to the attached gas fact sheet for answers to common questions.

Natural gas is available to citizens of Fort Valley and Roberta as well as areas in Peach and Crawford Counties.  Currently, there are approximately 4000 customer services in the system.  The gas is piped from a Southern Natural Gas cross country high pressure gas line located outside Culloden and distributed to customers over 84 miles of mains from 2” to 6” in diameter.  Although the gas is used primarily to heat homes, the system also supports several large industrial and commercial users that use the gas for their production needs.  The gas department’s customers consume 500 thousand cubic feet of natural gas monthly.  Fixed and interruptible gas rates are offered as well as future hedging for industrial customers.

Why Natural Gas?

NATURAL GAS IS CLEAN, DOMESTIC, ABUNDANT, EFFICIENT AND AFFORDABLE, making it the ideal energy source to strengthen our economy, meet environmental challenges, create jobs, reduce the cost of energy for consumers, and increase overall security by reducing our dependence on foreign energy sources.

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Smell Gas? Act Fast!

Don’t look for a leak.  Don’t use or touch anything electrical, like a phone – even a cell phone.

Instead, leave the area immediately.

Call the Fort Valley Utility Commission at 825-7701.  After hours call 825-5482.

Notification to New / Replacement Natural Gas Customers

To:       Natural Gas Customers
Re:       Federal Safety Regulation – Excess Flow Valve

The Federal Department of Transportation is now enforcing a new safety regulation pertaining to “Excess Flow Valves.”  This new regulation requires that natural gas supply companies notify customers of the availability of an excess flow valve that meets minimum federal performance requirements.  Also, should the customer desire installation of this device, the customer must agree to pay all associated costs including materials and labor.

What is an Excess Flow Valve? An excess flow valve is a device designed to restrict gas flow in a customer’s natural gas service line by automatically closing in the event that a service line is broken, completely cut, torn apart or otherwise separated, usually caused by some type of excavation or digging.  A natural gas service line is the piping from the gas main in the street to the customer meter set and runs underground through the customer’s yard.  Restricting gas flow after a gas service line is damaged may decrease the potential for property damage and/or injury.

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Customer Responsibilities. If a customer requests installation of an excess flow valve, and agrees to pay the cost at the time of installation, the Fort Valley Utility Commission’s Gas Department will perform the installation.

Customer must agree to pay any and all future maintenance costs associated with an excess flow valve including:

  • Excavation costs for valve removal and/or replacement.
  • Pavement and/or landscaping replacement associated with any necessary excavations.
  • All associated material and labor costs.

If an EFV can be installed on your service line and you choose to have this done, we will set up a mutually agreeable date when we will install an EFV on your service line. Maintenance and replacements of the EFV will be the responsibility of the customer as well. The cost of installation will be between $250 – $425. FVUC will only charge the for the cost of installation and service. We will not charge a premium on this installation.

Additional Information:

  • An excess flow valve will not protect against the following events:
    • Customer appliance gas leaks.
    • Small gas service line punctures.
    • Gas meter set leaks.
  • The Fort Valley Utility Commission’s Gas Department makes no express warranty for continued proper excess flow valve operation under normal use conditions and/or false valve closure under any gas system operating conditions.
  • Additional information may be obtained by calling our office at 825-7701.

Should you desire and Excess Flow Valve be installed on a new or replaced service line,you the customer, must bear all costs associated with the installation, maintenance, and any future replacement or removal of the valve.

Should you desire an installation, you will be contacted to arrange a mutually agreeable date for your service line installation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Connie Tucker
Gas Superintendent
Office (478) 825 – 7701 Ext 215
Fax (478) 825 – 7704
Cell (478) 952 – 5519
ctucker@fvutil.com

UNDERGROUND GAS PIPE MAINTENANCE

In accordance to federal regulations, the Fort Valley Utility Commission (FVUC) wants to make its customers aware of certain safety recommendations regarding your natural gas piping running underground from the gas meter to a structure or a gas-burning appliance.

FVUC operates its gas system with an emphasis on safety. FVUC is required to design, operate, and maintain the underground natural gas pipeline system in accordance with prescribed federal safety standards. The gas system does not maintain the gas piping downstream of the gas meter. This is the responsibility of the customer who owns the piping. If the buried pipe is not properly maintained, it is subject to corrosion and/or leakage.

To ensure the continued safe and reliable operation of these lines, the buried piping should be checked periodically. Building owners are advised to contact a licensed plumber or heating contractor to assist in locating and inspecting buried gas piping. If any unsafe condition is discovered, repairs should be made immediately. The area phone books are excellent sources for listings of licensed plumbers and heating contractors.

Please contact us at 478-825-7701 with any questions relating to gas pipe safety. After normal business hours, or on weekends, call 478-825-5482.

CALL BEFORE YOU DIG

Call 811 or 1-800-282-7411
Georgia law requires contact with the Utility Protection Center any time you dig or move earth, even on your own property. You must call at least two (2) business days in advance of digging in order that all underground utilities and cable may be located, so you can safely dig and prevent a potentially hazardous condition. This is a free service to protect you and others in the community. Calling before you dig can prevent a costly or even deadly mistake. For more information call 811 or 1-800-282-7411. You can also visit http://call811.com/

In our community, the Fort Valley Utility Commission provides natural gas to more than 3,060 customers through a network of underground distribution lines. Main gas lines, typically 2-inch in diameter, branch into household service lines which are typically half-inch to three-quarter-inch in diameter and buried 12- to 18-inches below the surface.

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas; however, a chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added to help detect a possible leak. Some of the signs of a gas leak include seeing bubbling water, hearing a hissing or blowing sound from a pipeline or appliance, dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area, or dirt or dust blowing from the ground, or the smell of rotten eggs.

If you smell gas, or just think you might be smelling gas, leave the area immediately and call your local gas provider at 825-7701 or 911 from a neighboring home or business. Never turn on or off switches or use a flashlight or phone in the presence of the gas smell, because an electric spark could ignite the gas, causing an explosion.

Do your part to familiarize yourself and your family with these natural gas safety tips and continue to enjoy the value, comfort and benefits of America’s cleanest, most efficient energy source!

This message is brought to you by the Fort Valley Utility Commission as a public service. To learn more about our natural gas service and the benefits of natural gas, call 478-825-7701, option 3.

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FROM THE FORT VALLEY UTILITY COMMISSION

Natural gas, America’s most popular home heating fuel,  is increasingly popular for use by homeowners, schools, businesses, factories and electric power-generation plants because it is efficient, clean, reliable and a relative bargain compared to alternative energy sources.

In our community, the Fort Valley Utility Commission provides natural gas to more than 3,060 customers through a network of underground distribution lines. Main gas lines, typically 2-inch in diameter, branch into household service lines which are typically half-inch to three-quarter-inch in diameter and buried 12- to 18-inches below the surface.

To protect you and others in the community; federal and state government, along with your utility provider have made your safety a high priority.  Any time you dig or move earth in any way, you are required to “Call Before You Dig” 48 hours before beginning any digging.  When you call Georgia 811, they will contact utility owners who will locate all buried utility lines on your property, so you can safely dig and prevent a potentially hazardous condition. Failure to use the 811 system is a known cause of pipeline accidents. Calling before you dig can prevent a costly or even deadly mistake.

Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas; however, a chemical that smells like rotten eggs is added to help detect a possible leak. Some of the signs of a gas leak include seeing bubbling water, hearing a hissing or blowing sound from a pipeline or appliance, dead or discolored vegetation in an otherwise green area, or dirt or dust blowing from the ground, or the smell of rotten eggs.

If you smell gas, or just think you might be smelling gas, leave the area immediately and call your local gas provider at 825-7701 or 911 from a neighboring home or business. Never turn on or off switches or use a flashlight or phone in the presence of the gas smell, because an electric spark could ignite the gas, causing an explosion.

Do your part to familiarize yourself and your family with these natural gas safety tips and continue to enjoy the value, comfort and benefits of America’s cleanest, most efficient energy source!

This message is brought to you by the Fort Valley Utility Commission as a public service. To learn more about our natural gas service and the benefits of natural gas, call 478-825-7701, option 3.