Delivering safe, affordable, reliable, clean-burning natural gas has been Washington Gas’ mission since our founding in the District of Columbia 170 years ago. We’re proud to call the District home and be an essential and dependable part of our customers’ lives every day as they heat their homes and prepare their meals.
In delivering gas safely — our number one priority — we take every step to ensure our infrastructure is maintained to improve system reliability and reduce environmental impacts, all while meeting or exceeding the highest standards of safety and quality to better serve our customers. In Washington, D.C., our accelerated pipelinereplacement program called PROJECTpipes enables Washington Gas to enhance our system while maintaining excellent service.
PROJECTpipes is a comprehensive, accelerated pipeline replacement initiative authorized by the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (PSC) where we focus on enhancements and improvements to our distribution system, reducing risk and enhancing safety.
Progress with PROJECTpipes since June of 2014 has been steady and promising. We replaced approximately 13 miles of pipe and 3,000 service lines. In addition, Washington Gas reduced greenhouse gases released from our distribution system by an estimated cumulative reduction total of 5,674 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. Last December, we filed the second phase of PROJECTpipes with the PSC so that we can continue our work to replace aging infrastructure across the District to enhance safety and increase system reliability while further reducing greenhouse gas emissions, building on the last five years of work.
As Washington Gas works hard to modernize our infrastructure, we are committed to doing all we can to minimize neighborhood disruptions caused by our construction. Washington Gas also recognizes the investment we are asking customers to make to help us improve our system. The good news is, due to the substantial decrease in natural gas prices, customers actually pay less today for natural gas service than they did in 2007, even with the PROJECTpipes surcharge included in their bill.
“Like all older metropolitan systems across the country, our pipeline system in Washington, D.C., is aging. This next phase of PROJECTpipes will expedite the replacement of this aging infrastructure while continuing to deliver affordable gas service to many generations of Washingtonians,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of Washington Gas Adrian Chapman.
PROJECTpipes Phase 2 proposes to replace approximately 22 miles of pipe and 8,274 service lines from Oct. 1, 2019, to Dec. 31, 2024. Washington Gas will prioritize the selection and timing of replacing certain types of facilities within specific categories, based on their relative risk, construction efficiencies, and other factors using proven pipeline integrity evaluation and risk assessment tools.
“Serving our hometown of the District of Columbia is a commitment we value as we work to help our neighbors and the community enjoy the many benefits of natural gas as a fuel source,” Chapman said. “We are dedicated to using the PROJECTpipes program to upgradeour infrastructure to ensure our nation’s capital has reliable natural gas service now and well into the future.”
For more information on PROJECTpipes, go to https://www.washingtongas.com/projectpipes or contact Project_Pipes@washgas.com