Gas Engineering and Operations

The City of Palo Alto Gas Engineering Section is responsible for planning, designing, budgeting and construction of major capital improvements to the city’s gas distribution system. This program replaces approximately 30,000 linear feet of gas mains and 500 services each year. This program, to date, has replaced approximately 310,000 linear feet of gas mains and 5,000 service lines.

The Gas Operations Section is responsible for maintaining, operating and regulatory compliance of the city’s gas distribution system.


September 24, 2014

USA Today: Look out below: Danger lurks underground from aging gas pipes

USA TODAY released an investigative report about leaks from cast iron and bare steel gas pipelines. The article cites data from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Distribution Annual Reports noting that there are “tens of thousands of miles of cast-iron and bare-steel gas mains beneath American cities and towns” and that many gas leaks go unrepaired.

Capital Improvement Program

New Construction

If you need a new gas service or meter installation due to new construction, addition or remodeling of a building in Palo Alto, look for information in the new services and meters menu to the left.

Last Updated: May 11, 2015
Community Workshop for Utilities Strategic Plan Update
The City of Palo Alto Utilities is hosting a community workshop to provide information on our Strategic Planning efforts and gather public input.

Annual Walking and Mobile Gas Leak Survey In Progress
This routine safety check is conducted every year out to ensure the safety of all who live and work in Palo Alto.

City of Palo Alto Leads the Way in Sustainability
PaloAltoGreen Gas is the First Green-e Climate Certified Natural Gas Offset Program Offered by a Municipal Utility

August 11 (8/11) is National Safe Digging Day
Every Six Minutes in the United States, an Underground Utility Line is Damaged from Digging

Crossbores---Gas & Sewer Safety Inspection Program
Since July 2011, the Utilities Department has been actively implementing the next phase of its gas-sewer crossbore inspection program.

Smart, Safe and Green Fun Zone
Videos, games and other delights to educate young people about utilities conservation and safety.