Crews with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will purge an existing segment of natural gas pipeline that was damaged during the 502 road construction project.
Purging will occur Friday, July 19 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the south side of East Rd./502, east of the Canyon Rd. intersection and in front of Crossroad Bible Church.
According to Department officials “purging” is necessary to safely release natural gas out of the line and into the atmosphere so repairs may be conducted safely. During the purging operation, citizens may smell natural gas and hear loud noises usually associated with the controlled release of gas from the pipe.
Vehicle traffic may be interrupted on East Rd/502 for short periods of time to minimize any potential sources of ignition. The procedure is performed under strict federal regulatory requirements and is safe.
Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU through the Customer Care Center, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 505 662 8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.
The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) operates the county-owned electric, gas, water & wastewater systems under the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities. The Board meets in Council Chambers at 1000 Central Ave., Los Alamos, NM every third Wednesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. The DPU is funded by rates paid for electric, gas, water and wastewater services and auxiliary fees, and has provided the community with these services for more than 50 years.