Gas Construction Specifications

Synopsis of Natural Gas Construction Specifications

  1. A permanent utility right-of way easement shall be provided for all natural gas mains, services, regulator stations, and associated or ancillary equipment.
  2. All mains and services shall be constructed in accordance with U.S. Department of Transportation Regulations, Title 49 CFR, Part 192, Florida Public Service Commission Rules Chapter 25-2, and the Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.)
  3. All mains and services shall be of Leesburg Gas Department approved material.
  4. Joint coating shall be of approved material and method.
  5. No pipe will be unloaded unless it is accompanied by a Mill Test Report or Certificate of Conformance for the actual pipe on the truck.
  6. All welders and those performing fusions, shall be tested on the pipe material and each size to be used and shall be approved by the City of Leesburg Gas Department.
  7. Valves shall be class 300 Ballomax welded valves (steel lines), Kerotest valves (plastic lines) or equivalent as approved by the City of Leesburg Gas Department complete with valve box.
  8. All main lines shall have a minimum cover of 36” as measured from the finish grade to the top of the pipe or associated fitting.
  9. All Services shall a minimum cover depth of 18” as measured from the finish grade to the top of the service or associated fitting.
  10. Each main and service must be installed with at least 12” of clearance from any other underground structure or utility  in order to provide enough room to allow for proper maintenance.
  11. Each steel main 2” or over in diameter shall be Jeeped for coating damage immediately prior to installation.
  12. Before lowering mains and services into the ditch, the pipe will be inspected for dents, scrapes and other damage.  If damage is found, repairs for steel pipes such as paint and wrapping or epoxy application to scrapes and gouges to the pipe must be made immediately.  For plastic lines, the damaged section must be replaced.
  13. When possible, one service line should branch to feed two meters.
  14.  Natural gas meters shall be located for efficient meter reading, and shall not be obscured or physically blocked by landscaping.  City ordinance requires a 3 foot clearance around our above ground utilities.
  15. Natural gas meters shall be located at least 36” from all known ignition sources (AC units, electrical outlets, etc.) and not located under windows, doors or near vents and doors that could vent natural gas into the dwelling.
  16. Each new or replaced service line serving a single residence, multi-family facility or commercial customers that has a capacity of 1000cfh or less and is less than 2” in diameters shall have an excess flow valve installed.
  17. Customers that have a capacity of 1000cfh or more and is 2” or greater in diameter shall have a compatible excess flow valve (EFV) or curb valve installed.
  18. Regulator Station(s).  See Typical Regulator Station.
  19. Gas Meter Set.  See Typical Gas Meter Set.

Specifications are subject to change without notice.                                                                                            Revised: July 2019