Weather-weary residents in Regina may be getting their utility meters confused.
SaskPower has been urging Regina homeowners to check their power meters throughout the summer after reports of seven of them catching fire.
However, SaskEnergy is getting concerned calls from residents believing their natural gas meters may also be affected.
SaskEnergy Spokesman Dave Burdeniuk says the utility has received about 12 to 15 calls per day from Regina homeowners to come and inspect their natural gas meters.
He says SaskEnergy has found no issues from any of the inspections they’ve completed.
Burdeniuk says one feature that is unique to Saskatchewan’s natural gas meters is an automated reader which sends out a report as to how much natural gas is being used.
“There’s a safety feature in that,” Burdeniuk said. “That module is also a tilt alarm. If it tilts 30-degrees, it sends us a warning. So that is an additional safety device that is in all our meters in the Regina area. And we have had no tilt alarms.”
Burdeniuk says 340-thousand of the 390-thousand meters in Regina have an automated reader.
He says SaskEnergy keeps a very close watch on ground movement in Saskatchewan adding there have been no problems at all with natural gas meters in Regina
“We’re actually not seeing any issues with our infrastructure during the dry conditions,” Burdeniuk said. “We keep a very close watch on key areas of the province for ground movement. There are zones in Regina that we watch really closely.”
Those areas Burdeniuk refers to are the older neighbourhoods in Regina.
“Every year we have to exchange out 30-thousand meters and test them that they are accurate,” Burdeniuk said. “So we’re in backyards, changing out meters, adding new ones. We’re in backyards a lot, between our leak surveys and just our regular maintenance. Checking and looking for potential problems, but we’re not seeing any issues.”
Burdeniuk says every six weeks, a rotational survey is done in the city looking for any possible leaks.
He says says residents could be alerted to a shift in a natural gas meter simply by odour. He says SaskEnergy has an noticeable odourant which will alert residents to a potential leak.
Burdeniuk says the natural gas meters aren’t affected by the dry conditions because they are designed with withstand groundshift.