Al­taGas pip­ing re­place­ment wraps this year

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Al­lie Ruck­man

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.

mailphoto by Kyle Smylie

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.

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