The Oak Ridge Utility District is asking natural gas customers to reduce their gas use after a pipeline ruptured in Smith County, Tennessee, on Saturday.
The rupture in the natural gas transmission line cut off all supply from the pipeline to many utilities in East Tennessee, ORUD said.
“We have been advised by Enbridge, the company that owns and operates the pipeline, that repairs to the impacted section could last into early- or mid-January,” ORUD said.
“We are working each and every day to ensure we have enough gas to serve our customers through various other sources and ask that our customers consider reducing gas usage as much as possible as we work through this incident,” ORUD said.
The utility district offered some tips for conserving:
- Turn down the thermostats on natural gas heating units and hot water heaters.
- Wash laundry in cold water.
- Reduce the use of natural gas appliances such as fireplace logs and clothes dryers.
- Consider alternative cooking methods.
Continue to check ORUD for more updates or call the ORUD office at (865) 483-1377 if you have any questions.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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