Recently our gas crew was undertaking a commissioning operation when they suddenly noticed a strange drop in network pressure.
Gas supervisor Kaa Strickland instructed the crew to stop the work until all checks were completed. Kaa instructed one team member to stand by and for other team members to drive the area to check if there were any leaks on the network.
Upon further investigation, the team found a contractor was in the process of excavating to install a new drainage pipe to the chamber in the area, and they had excavated to a depth that caused the bucket to peel the cap of a service connection off, which caused the gas to escape.
From there, the team checked if anyone in the five remaining houses had their gas turned on. Upon inspection, the team found that no one lived in these units, so they squeezed the network to stop the leak and make the area safe. They then waited for the Fire Service and the Electrix response team to arrive to undertake repairs.
Well done to Kaa and the gas team for pushing back and taking the initiative to follow through on identifying the issue when the team noticed the pressure drop onsite.