The District operates the storage and distribution of propane in accordance with CPUC safety regulations. The District began providing Propane Enterprise services on July 22, 2011 as a result of acquiring the existing propane gas and electric systems of Mountain Utilities, which was owned and operated as a subsidiary of Mountain Springs Kirkwood, LLC.
The District’s propane assets include approximately five miles of underground distribution lines ranging in diameter from 2-6 inches, which are located throughout the Kirkwood Valley, together with two storage tanks (one 20,000 gallon and one 30,000 capacity), a vacuum trailer, propane meters and numerous other miscellaneous tools and equipment required to operate the Propane Enterprise and to transport propane to customers.
The District is under contract for propane purchase and delivery with its supplier, Kiva Energy located in Manteca, California. Propane is delivered via truck and the two storage tanks are filled two to three times weekly in the winter, and two to three times monthly in the summer. The liquid propane is then vaporized and distributed to customers via the underground distribution lines.
Propane System Leak Survey
June 6, 2018
Re: Propane System Leak Survey
Dear Propane Customer:
In compliance with the Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the District will perform a gas leak survey of the District-owned propane distribution system this summer. The leak survey requirement applies both District-owned and customer-owned propone distribution pipes and is required every five years. This leak survey is a contract service performed by a qualified operator using leak detector equipment capable of detecting possible underground leaks.
The cost of surveying customer-owned propane lines, from the property line to the building, is built into the propane rate structure, and the District will arrange to have your propane line surveyed in conjunction with the District survey. In order to complete the survey, a contracted operator will need to enter your property to inspect the customer-owned portion of the underground propane line on private property.
Should you desire instead to arrange a private leak survey of your propane line, please reply in writing no later than June 22, 2018. Private leak surveys must be completed by October 31, 2018 to meet the requirements of 49 CFR §192.723; a written report from the qualified operator will be required.
If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact Brandi Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erik M. Christeson, P.E.