Addressing Gas Leaks in Warner Robins
Warner Robins, GA – Yesterday, March 18th, the Mayor’s Office received several calls from concerned citizens in reference to an automated text. The text mentions the covering up of gas leaks within two blocks of Lindsey Elementary School.
The safety of our citizens and especially our children is of the utmost importance to the City of Warner Robins. Therefore; the Utility Department Director was notified, so he, along members of ESG, responded immediately. Upon arrival they inspected and investigated the school and the surrounding area. They performed a leak investigation using the rover gas detection system. Initially there were no findings. With safety being a top priority, they then performed a soap test and detected a minute leak on the pipe going to the school meter. In an abundance of caution, the piping to the meter set was completely replaced. The procedure of replacing the piping would normally not be required because the leak was of such a small grade. However; due to the recent concerns regarding leaks within our system the decision was made to take a proactive approach to mitigate the issue. To be clear, the requirement for a leak of this nature would be to monitor and repair within a 15-month timeframe.
There has been a published mention of a leak at 705 North Davis Drive. That address, being within two blocks of Lindsey Elem. School, was also investigated. The investigation of that address revealed that the gas to that location has been turned off and locked since 2013 due to an unrepaired leak on the customer’s side of the meter.
In discussions with the leadership team with ESG Mayor Toms was assured, "While all leaks are important and will be addressed, there are no leaks in the system that would be classified and hazardous in our system at this time."
Be advised that every school on our gas system is being inspected for leaks today. We also have an ongoing leak survey of our entire system, to include residential and commercial customers, due to be completed by the end of May.
In conclusion; to be clear, at no time has the City of Warner Robins knowingly allowed your family, home or businesses to be placed in harm’s way due to acts of negligence on behalf our gas system. However; if at any time you suspect a gas leak please call 911 to have emergency response activated to your location.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/rtxsi87rxynx5pn/Mayor Toms on Gas Leaks.MOV?dl=0