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52 Pa. Code § 59.34. Leakage surveys of customer-owned service lines.

§ 59.34. Leakage surveys of customer-owned service lines.

 (a)  Plan. A public utility shall establish and execute a plan by which it will periodically survey each customer-owned service line for leakage. The plan shall conform with or exceed the standards estalbished in 49 CFR 192.723 (relating to distributuion systems; leakages and procedures) as of May 1, 1986 and subsequent amendments thereto which have been ratified by the Commission under §  59.33 (relating to safety). The public utility shall file with the Commission a copy of the plan required by this subsection including statements of the type of survey it will use and of the frequency of the survey. As used in this section, the term ‘‘customer-owned service line’’ includes that piping serving a residential or commercial customer which is between the main, pipeline or other source of supply and whichever is the more remote of either the meter set assembly, or the wall of the residence or commercial building if the customer owns part of the piping.

 (b)  Access to customer premises. If the leakage survey prescribed by subsection (a) requires access to the premises of a customer and the customer refuses access, or if the public utility requires a customer to inform it of the location of a service line and he fails to provide the information, the public utility may shut off gas service until access is permitted or the information is provided. If subsection (a) requires a leakage survey to a meter set assembly inside the wall of a residence or commercial building, and the public utility cannot gain access to the building because of absence of the occupants, the public utility shall leave a notice at the premises, instructing the customer to designate to the public utility a day and time during normal working hours when access may be had. The public utility may defer the leakage survey to the day and time so designated.

 (c)  Procedure after survey. Upon completion of a survey of a customer-owned service line, the public utility shall make a record showing the date and method of the survey, and the result found. If the result shows that a leak exists in the service line, the public utility shall require the customer to repair or renew the line, and may shut off gas service until repair or renewal has been effected. The public utility shall retain the record of the two most recent surveys made under this section.


   The provisions of this §  59.34 amended May 30, 1986, effective May 31, 1986, 16 Pa.B. 1901. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (87817).

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