Natural Gas Distribution
The City of Boerne provides natural gas to more than 3,000 customers through a network of underground distribution lines. The City of Boerne's natural gas is purchased from West Texas Gas and delivered to purchase points south of the City along Interstate 10 and southwest of the City on Scenic Loop Road.
From the City’s purchase points, the gas pressure is reduced to 50 pounds per square inch (psi) around the southern portion of our distribution network. The pressure is then reduced to 25 psi for the portion of the distribution network within the central portion of town. Regulators located adjacent to each customer's meter further reduces the pressure according to the needs of the customer.
Main gas lines branch into household service lines. The pipes are typically made of "caution yellow" plastic or tar-coated steel which helps prevent corrosion. As an industry standard, steel pipes are being replaced with the more durable plastic piping. The main lines are typically 2 inches in diameter and are located roughly 3 feet below the surface, while the service lines are typically half-inch to 1 inch in diameter and buried 18 to 24 inches below the surface. The gas distribution system serves customers both inside and outside the City’s limits.
The City of Boerne works diligently to keep our natural gas distribution system safe and reliable. We routinely survey and monitor our natural gas system for leaks using a variety of specialized leak detection equipment. We also rely on the public to call us if a leak is suspected.
If you smell gas, or just think you might be smelling gas, leave the area immediately. From a safe distance, call 911 and the City of Boerne at (830) 248-1633, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The City of Boerne will dispatch qualified personnel immediately to investigate at no cost.