AltaGas piping replacement wraps this year
Drumheller residents may have noticed AltaGas has been busy around town. The gas company has been replacing steel pipe mains in the valley.
“For the most case, the steel main lines in and around the valley have not been replaced since before 1957. It is just a good practice to replace those before they fail,” says Greg Johnston, president of AltaGas. The current pipes in the ground are vintage polyethylene. Over time these pipes are subject to deteriorate or corrode.
“The project has been going on since 2013. We believe it will be finished at the end of 2016. Thirty kilometres of gas service mains will have been replaced and brand new.” Johnston told The Mail what some residents of Drumheller can expect while the project is being completed. “Some residents may not be affected while others will. Gas meters may be inside their house and we will bring it outside and replace it. Sometimes there could be digging on the property. We insure that any yard that will be disrupted will be as good or better than what we found it in.”
The approximate finish date for this project is Friday, October 28, 2016.
AltaGas is working around the valley this summer to complete the final leg of replacing vintage polyethylene pipes. The project is projected to wrap up in October of 2016.