Customer Notification Regarding Customer-Owned Buried Natural Gas Piping
This notice is being provided in accordance with Title 49 CF R 192.16 of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). In accordance
with the “DOT Rule” listed above, the Village of Dupo is hereby giving notice to all customers who have buried natural gas piping that is not
maintained by the Village of Dupo Gas Department of the following information:
1. If the customer’s buried piping is not maintained, it may be subject to the potential hazards of corrosion and leakage.
2. Buried gas piping should be:
a. periodically inspected for leaks;
b. periodically inspected for corrosion if the piping is metallic, and
c. repaired if any unsafe condition is discovered.
3. Before you dig call JULIE toll-free number 1-800-924-0l23 or 811. JULlE operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. By Illinois state
law you are required to call JULlE two working days prior to digging or excavating. At no cost to you, JULIE will notify the owners and/or
operators of underground utilities who are JULlE members of this planned digging activity. The member utilities are then required to mark
their facilities or notify you that they are clear. Excavationshould be done by hand.
4. Plumbing and heating contractors can assist in locating, inspecting and repairing the customer’s buried piping. For your guidance in
determining whether this notice applies to you, please be informed that in most cases the Village of Dugo maintains buried gas piping
from the main (generally located near the street curb) up to the gas meter on the customer’s premises. in addition, if the piping leaving
the meter up to the principal gas utilization equipment is above ground when entering the customer’s premises, this rule does not apply.
If you are uncertain as to whether this notice applies to you, please contact the Village of Dugo at Village Hall at 618-286-3280.
Non-Coverage of Appliance Service.
The Village will not perform or be responsible for any service work done beyond the outlet of the meter excepting where the reason for
the work is safety of persons or property. Any work beyond the outlet of the meter should be done by a qualified person. Work and
responsibility is to stop at the outlet of the meter in conformity with interpretations of the Office of Pipeline Safety as to the
applicability of the Minimum Federal Pipeline Safety Standards for gas facilities.
Non-Coverage of Appliance Service.
The Village of Dupo has adopted the National Fuel Gas Code (NFPA W 54). This safety Code covers the installation of fuel gas piping
C systems, fuel gas utilization equipment, and related accessories. The Code includes all piping systems from the point of delivery for
natural gas, the outlet of the gas meter to the connections with each gas utilization device.
From time to time it may be necessary or desirable that natural gas service be temporarily interrupted for maintenance, construction,
repair, emergencies or other purposes. During such periods the gas utility assumes no responsibility for resulting loss of heat, products,
materials, plants, animals or other such things which might be affected by the fact that gas service is interrupted for a period of time.
Excess Flow Valve Policy
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has issued a new regulation that requires the Village of Dupo to offer an Excess Flow Valve (EFV) to its customers. An Excess Flow Valve is an extra safety device that can be installed in a service line providing natural gas to the meter. The main purpose of an EFV is to reduce the risk of a release of natural gas caused by excavation damage to the service line between the point of connection to the main and the meter. An Excess Flow Valve will not prevent or stop leaks that might occur downstream of the meter. Not every service can accommodate an EFV.
The installation of an EFV is not a requirement for existing natural gas service lines, however, at the request of a Village of Dupo customer one may be installed. The installation of an EFV would take one day and would require the excavation of the service line at the connection to the main line. If you would like an EFV installed in your service line, the cost you must pay is $473.00. The price is for connected loads less than 1,000 cubic feet per hour or 1million Btu per hour. The price for connected loads higher than this will be on an individual basis.
The above pricing includes all labor, equipment and materials but does not include restoration of grounds disturbed by excavation. It is not likely but it is possible that future maintenance or replacement of the EFV might be necessary due to changes in service load and could result in additional charges.
If you would like an EFV installed or have any questions, please call our main office at 618-286-3280