Residents in Alamo and Danville may see PG&E workers or contractors on local streets conducting routine gas meter inspections during the next two months as part of the utility company's efforts to confirm the safety and reliability of its system, PG&E officials announced.
The inspections, which will not affect customers' gas service, began last week and will run into late October, barring unforeseen delays such as inclement weather, according to PG&E officials.
The gas meter checks will take place Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to Alamo and Danville, they are scheduled to occur in Concord, Lafayette, Moraga, Martinez, Orinda, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek.
Workers employed by PG&E or contractor Underground Construction will conduct the inspections, on foot with a mobile tablet. They will wear a hard hat, safety vest and carry photo identification, which they will present upon customer request, PG&E officials said.
If someone claiming to be a PG&E employee or contractor presents their identification but residents still feel uncomfortable, officials advise residents to call PG&E's customer service line at 800-743-5000 to verify the appointment or presence in the community.
The company said its employees and contractors would not enter homes during the inspections, but they may stand on or near properties while accessing the gas meters. If the meter cannot be reached, PG&E said it would schedule a visit for a future inspection.
Customers who have provided a current phone number to PG&E will receive a call prior to inspections, according to company officials.