This year, October 6-12 is Public Natural Gas Week, a time when communities such as ours give recognition to one of their most valuable community assets—their publicly owned natural gas utility.
At Colorado Springs Utilities, our natural gas employees operate, maintain and oversee a large and complicated network of more than 5,000 miles of mains and customer-owned service lines. Natural gas is safe when used correctly, but may become dangerous and deadly when it leaks or doesn't combust properly in appliances. That's why our natural gas employees take their role in overseeing our system very seriously. They place particular emphasis on continuous training, understanding the latest in leak detection techniques and staying current on safety practices.
Across our expansive natural gas service territory, you'll likely see our employees installing new natural gas pipes as part of a coordinated effort to upgrade aging infrastructure. One such project is underway near Fontmore Road and Panorama Drive. Crews are replacing approximately 4,000 feet of aging steel natural gas pipe installed in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s with new plastic pipe. Construction activities started back in August and are expected to conclude in early November, weather permitting.
While outside contractors are sometimes hired to augment our in-house crews, a bulk of the work is coordinated and performed by our employees due to their extensive knowledge of the unique characteristics of our natural gas system, our rigirous safety practices and the realization of cost savings for customers.
While our natural gas employees are working hard to maintain and operate the gas system, there are a few simple steps you can follow to keep you, your family and your neighbors safe: