The Gas Department
CLGW purchased the Kennett gas system from Associated Natural Gas on December 3, 1984. The system consists of more than 127 miles of gas pipe line. The gas personnel are responsible for the operation and maintenance of the natural gas system owned by the City of Kennett. Their duties include installing new main extensions, service lines and meter sets, annual inspections of valves and regulators. They investigate and repair gas leaks and respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day.
The Gas Department uses a variety of tools, instruments and equipment to perform their duties such as combustible gas indicators, flame ionization units, line locators, carbon monoxide monitors, pressure gauges and voltmeters.
Ozark Transmission and Texas Eastern are CLGW’s two sources for gas supply. CLGW’s Gas Department falls under the jurisdiction of the Missouri Public Service Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation for safety.
The goal of the department is to deliver natural gas to the citizens of Kennett at the most cost effective way while doing it safely.
Our journey begins at a location not unlike this where we receive the natural gas from one of two major transmission pipe lines. Ozark Gas Transmission and Texas Eastern are CLGW’s two sources for gas supply.
When we receive the natural gas from the transmission pipelines it has no "odor." We use a facility like this to put the "odor" in the natural gas. This is done so that any leaks can be detected by anyone that can smell.
From the transmission pipe lines, the natural gas is sent out through more than 127 miles of our distribution system, where it then arrives at the customers' homes.
When it reaches your home, the natural gas goes through a meter, similar to the one pictured above. This meter records usage as it distributes the natural gas to your home.
REPORT ALL GAS LEAKS
To report a gas leak, evacuate the building or area immediately and call 888-5366 during business hours and 888-2888 after hours, on weekends and holidays. There is no charge for CLGW to respond to a possible gas leak anytime day or night, weekends, or holidays.
In the event you become aware of a gas leak, please follow these safety procedures:
In an emergency, the gas supply to any house or building can be shut off at the gas meter.
Natural Gas is a flammable gas, consisting largely of methane and other hydrocarbons, which occurs naturally underground (often in association with petroleum) and is used as a fuel.
Lighter Than Air
If Natural Gas escapes into the atmosphere, it dissipates rapidly. A heavier-than-air gas, such as propane or gasoline fumes, would settle and accumulate near the ground.
Non-Toxic and Non-Poisonous
Natural Gas contains no toxic poisonous ingredients that can be absorbed into the blood when inhaled.
Colorless & Odorless
Natural gas is a colorless, odorless fossil fuel composed almost entirely of methane, but does contain small amounts of other gases, including ethane, propane, butane and pentane. We add a chemical odorant to the gas when it comes into the city's gas system.
Has Narrow Combustion Limits
This helps ensure predictable, safe use. Natural Gas will only ignite when there is an air-and-gas mixture of between 4.5 and 14.5 percent Natural Gas. Any mixture containing less than 5 percent or greater than 15 percent Natural Gas will not ignite.
Safe & Reliable
Natural Gas is a safe, economical, and reliable form of energy. Natural Gas pipelines are monitored to maintain service and reliability.
Have your furnace inspected regularly by a qualified professional for both safety and energy efficiency.
Follow the maintenance guidelines in the operating manual. Start the heating season with a clean furnace filter and inspect each month.
Clean or replace the filter as necessary. Clean the vents regularly. Make sure that drapes or furniture do not block vents or return air ducts.
Only heat the rooms you need - seal off unused rooms by closing vents and keeping the doors tightly shut.
If your furnace has a built-in humidifier, use it. Dry air feels cooler at the same temperature as humid air.
Checking your house for air leaks and adding insulation can be a great investment. Common sources of air leaks include cracks around doors and along baseboards; cracks in brick, siding or foundation. Plug air leaks with caulk or weather-stripping. Adequate insulation in your attic, walls, floors, and unfinished basements or crawlspaces can have a huge impact on your heating bill.
Turn ceiling fans to counter clockwise so the warm air is pushed down.
Consider replacing old windows with new high efficiency windows.
Open draperies on sunny days to allow sunlight to help heat the home. Close them at night to prevent heat from escaping.
Plant shrubs, bushes and vines next to your home to create dead air spaces that help insulate the exterior wall. Make sure to have one foot of space between the wall and the fully mature plant.