I have a 73 space park in NM that is master metered for gas. Long story short, the gas company discovered a leak on Sunday and turned off the meter serving 1/2 of the park yesterday. We dug up the 70’ of line where a leak was indicated, replaced that section this morning, and then failed the subsequent pressure test. So essentially the entire distribution system needs to be repaired/replaced. Nightmare scenario - tenants without heat, hot water and cooking with no easy or quick solution.
Here are my options. Maybe you folks have more.
The Gas Co can install a new distribution system and own/maintain it. 5-6 weeks best case scenario and major amount of money. Plus they say all homes will need to be brought up to code (must have mobile home water heaters instead of Home Depot, gas lines under home need to pass pressure test, etc). Most of these homes are from the 1970’s so probably not going to meet current code.
My plumber can install a new distribution system at major expense but it can happen in 1/2 the time. Once again, very costly.
Amerigas can install (2) 120 gallon propane tanks in tandem adjacent to homes. No trenching. Aside from cost of converting appliances furnace and water heater to use propane, very minimal upfront cost. 2 weeks to complete.
I’m leaning towards Option #3 but it may be more expensive than natural gas. Since my tenants pay all utilities, and most are low income, I’m worried they cannot handle the increased cost. However, with a gun at my temple, I think this may be the best solution.