Customer Notification of Excess Flow Valve (EFV) Installation

Note: This notification is being delivered to fulfill a requirement as part of a rulemaking passed down from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Association that takes effect on April 14, 2017.

Dear Valued Customer,
You may request that the City of Alton install an excess flow valve (EFV) on the gas line to your property. EFVs are mechanical shut-off devices that a utility can install in the gas pipe running from the gas main to the gas meter at your property (the “service line”). An EFV is designed to stop the gas flow if the service line is broken, for example, by an excavation accident. Stopping the gas flow from a broken service line significantly reduces the risk of natural gas fire, explosion, personal injury and/or property damage.

If you notify us that you want an EFV, we will contact you to set up a mutually agreeable date when we will install an EFV on your service line.

1. Potential advantages & disadvantages of Excess Flow Valves (EFVs).

a. An EFV is designed to shut off the gas flow if the service line is severed between the gas main and the meter set.

b. What an EFV won’t do?

– An EFV is NOT designed to close if a leak occurs beyond the gas meter on house piping or appliances. An EFV also may not close if the leak on the service line is small.

c. Possibility of EFV activation (closure) if the customer adds load.

– If you add, for example, more gas appliances, a pool heater, emergency generator, etc., the additional gas flow may cause the EFV to close.

2. EFV Installation and Replacement Costs

a. Installation Cost

i. You will be billed for the cost of installing the EFV. The average installation cost is typically $700-$1200. Not included in the estimated cost are cement or asphalt streets, landscaping and other utilities; the actual installation cost will depend on the difficulty of installation. We will inform you of the actual cost before you make the final decision that you want an EFV.

b. Replacement Cost

i. You will be billed for the cost of installing the EFV. The average installation cost is typically $700-$1200. Not included in the estimated cost are cement or asphalt streets, landscaping and other utilities; the actual installation cost will depend on the difficulty of installation. We will inform you of the actual cost before you make the final decision that you want an EFV.

c. What might trigger a need to replace the EFV?

i. Customer adds load: EFV replacement may be necessary if you add additional gas appliances, such as a pool heater or emergency generator that exceeds the capacity of the EFV.
ii. EFV fails closed/open: EFV replacement may be necessary if the EFV malfunctions (sticks open or closed).
iii. Probability of failure based on industry experience: Industry experience is that EFVs rarely malfunction.

3. If a service-line customer requests EFV installation and the load does not exceed 1,000 SCFH and the conditions listed below are not present, the operator must install an EFV at a mutually agreeable date.

a. The service line does not operate at a pressure of 10 psig or greater throughout the year;
b. The operator has prior experience with contaminants in the gas stream that could interfere with the EFV’s operation or cause loss of service to a customer;
c. An EFV could interfere with necessary operation or maintenance activities, such as blowing liquids from the line; or
d. An EFV meeting the performance standards in § 192.381 is not commercially available to the operator
IMPORTANT NOTE: EFVs cannot be installed on some service lines due to high gas flow, low pressure or other factors. If you request an EFV but your service line cannot accommodate an EFV, the City of Alton will inform you.

Diagram to illustrate an EFV:

Library News 04/11/17 – Summer Reading Program and More!

Preschool Story Time
Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will be held on April 12, 19 and May 3. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Easter Activities
The annual Easter egg hunt will be held at the Band Shell Park in Alton on Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 am. After the egg hunt, all children are invited to hop on over to the Alton Public Library for crafts!

Build a Better World
The Alton Public Library will be having a Summer Reading Program for children in Preschool – 8th grade. The theme this summer is “Build a Better World”. Be sure to stop by the recreation sign-up at the City Hall on Thursday, April 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Adult Book Club
The adult book club will meet on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 pm. This month we are reading the book The Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry. Copies are available for you to pick up at our library.

Magazine, Video & Book Sale
Our annual magazine, video, and book sale began on Monday, April 3 at the Alton Public Library. Items for sale: Bundle of Magazines $.25 – Videos Free – Hardcover books $.50 – Paperbacks $.25. The sale will continue through Saturday, April 29.

New Adult Books:

  • One Perfect Life by Lisa Scottoline
  • Secret of the Lost Summer by Carla Neggers
  • Harbor of the Heart by Thomas Kinkade
  • The Girl With No Name by Diney Costeloe
  • Baseball in Northwest Iowa by Joan Wendl Thomas

Adult Book Club – Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry

Adult Book Club – Alton Public Library
Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Copies available to pick up at the library!

 

Library News-04/04/17 – Easter Egg Hunt, Crafts and More!

Winter Reading Program
Our adult winter reading program ended on March 31. Congratulations to Ethel Heidesch – winner of the final drawing! All those who participated and read 10 books may turn in their reading log and receive their prize.

Magazine, Video & Book Sale
Our annual magazine, video, and book sale began on Monday, April 3 at the Alton Public Library. Items for sale: Bundle of Magazines $.25 – Videos Free – Hardcover books $.50 – Paperbacks $.25. The sale will continue through Saturday, April 29.

Preschool Story Time
Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will be held on April 5, 12, 19 and May 3. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

National Library Week
Come to the library the week of April 10 – 15 and help us celebrate National Library Week!

Easter Activities
The annual Easter egg hunt will be held at the Band Shell Park in Alton on Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 am. After the egg hunt, all children are invited to hop on over to the Alton Public Library for crafts!

Adult Book Club
The adult book club will meet on Tuesday, April 25 at 6:30 pm. This month we are reading the book The Boys in the Bunkhouse by Dan Barry. Copies are available for you to pick up at our library.

New Adult Books:

The Black Book by James Patterson

All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

The Sound of Broken Glass by Deborah Crombie

The Way Home by Thomas Kinkade

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas by Erica Vetsch

Freedom Summer by Bruce Watson

Easter Egg Hunt-Saturday April 15!

Mark your Calendar…Alton’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt!
Saturday, April 15 – 10 am sharp!
Alton Bandshell Park

Library News 03/28/17 – Winter Reading Program Ends March 31

Winter Reading Program
The adult winter reading program began on January 10. Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing. You will earn a prize after reading 10 books. The program continues through Friday, March 31.

Magazine, Video & Book Sale
Our annual magazine, video, and book sale will begin on Saturday, April 1 at the Alton Public Library. Items for sale: Bundle of Magazines $.25 – Videos Free – Hardcover books $.50 – Paperbacks $.25. The sale will continue through Saturday, April 29.

Preschool Story Time
Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will be held on April 5, 12, 19 and May 3. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Adult Book Club
The adult book club will be reading the book “The Boys in the Bunkhouse” by Dan Barry for April. Copies are available for you to pick up at our library.

National Library Week
Come to the library the week of April 10 – 15 and help us celebrate National Library Week!

New Adult Books:

  • Man Overboard by J. A. Jance
  • A Wondering Heart by Thomas Kinkade
  • The Work of Wolves by Kent Meyers
  • Iris and Lily by Angela & Julie Scipioni
  • His Prairie Sweetheart by Erica Vetsch
  • The American Miracle by Michael Medved

Library News 03/21/17 – National Library Week and More!

Preschool Story Time
Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will be held on March 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Adult Book Club
The Alton Public Library invites all adults to join our monthly book club! The book chosen for this month is “Bossypants” by Tina Fey. The next discussion will be held on Tuesday, March 28 @ 6:30 pm. Copies are available for you to pick up at our library.

Winter Reading Program
The adult winter reading program began on January 10. Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing. You will earn a prize after reading 10 books. Stop by today and pick up your reading log. The program continues through March 31.

Magazine, Video & Book Sale
Our annual magazine, video, and book sale will begin on Saturday, April 1 at the Alton Public Library. Items for sale: Bundle of Magazines $.25 – Videos Free – Hardcover books $.50 – Paperbacks $.25. The sale will continue through Saturday, April 29.

National Library Week
Come to the library the week of April 10 – 15 and help us celebrate National Library Week!

New Adult Books:

  • Vicious Circle by C. J. Box
  • Lovebirds for Life by Susan Davis
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke
  • Ten Guns from Texas by William W. Johnstone
  • Granville: Home of Black Soil Celebrates 125 Years

Adult Book Club – Bossypants by Tina Fey

Adult Book Club – Alton Public Library
Bossypants by Tina Fey

Tuesday March 28, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Books available at the library!

Library News 03/14/17 – Winter Reading Program and More!

Babygarten
The final Babygarten program will be held this Wednesday, March 15 at 10:00 am. Parents, grandparents, and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

Preschool Story Time
Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will be held on March 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Adult Book Club
The Alton Public Library invites all adults to join our monthly book club! The book chosen for this month is “Bossypants” by Tina Fey. The next discussion will be held on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available for you to pick up at our library.

Winter Reading Program
The adult winter reading program began on January 10. Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing. You will earn a prize after reading 10 books. Stop by today and pick up your reading log. The program continues through March 31.

Magazine, Video & Book Sale
Our annual magazine, video, and book sale will begin on Saturday, April 1 at the Alton Public Library. Items for sale: Bundle of Magazines $.25 – Videos Free – Hardcover books $.50 – Paperbacks $.25. The sale will continue through Saturday, April 29.

New Adult Books

  • Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel
  • Expecting to Die by Lisa Jackson
  • Dark Harvest by Karen Harper
  • Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke
  • The Violent Land by William W. Johnstone
  • Daughters of the Grasslands by Mary Woster Haug

Library News 03/07/17

Babygarten
The Alton Public Library will be having Babygarten programs on Wednesday mornings
at 10:00 a.m. Our eight week session runs through March 15. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to attend with children age 0 – 3 years old.

Preschool Story Time
Come join the fun as we read stories, sing songs, and make crafts! Programs will be held on March 8, 15, 22, April 5, 12, 19 and May 3. All sessions are held from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Adult Book Club
The Alton Public Library invites all adults to join our monthly book club! The next discussion will be held on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:30 pm. Stop by the library, give us a call, or visit our website for more information – www.alton.lib.ia.us

Winter Reading Program
The adult winter reading program began on January 10. Each time you read a book, enter your name into the final drawing. You will earn a prize after reading 10 books. Stop by today and pick up your reading log. Program continues through March 31.

Magazine, Video & Book Sale
Our annual magazine, video, and book sale will begin on Saturday, April 1 at the Alton Public Library. Items for sale: Bundle of Magazines $.25 – Videos Free – Hardcover books $.50 – Paperbacks $.25. The sale will continue through Saturday, April 29.

New Adult Books:

  • Most Dangerous Place by James Grippando
  • Ripper by Patricia Cornwell
  • Bone Box by Faye Kellerman
  • A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray
  • Manslaughter by William W. Johnstone
  • Voice in the Night by Pastor Surprise