Excess Flow Valve

You may request that Long Beach Utilities install an excess flow valve (EFV) on the gas line to your property. EFVs are mechanical shut-off devices that can be installed in the gas pipe running to the gas meter at your property (the “service line”). An EFV is designed to shut off the flow of natural gas automatically in the event of a substantial service line break, for example, by an excavation accident. Stopping the flow of gas from a broken service line significantly reduces the risk of natural gas fire, explosion, personal injury and/or property damage.

EFV diagram

EFVs cannot be installed on some service lines due to high gas flow, low pressure or other factors. If you request an EFV we will inform you if your service line can accommodate an EFV. If an EFV can be installed on your gas service, you will be billed to cover the cost of installing the EFV. Each service line will be evaluated on a case by case basis for applicable fees. If it becomes necessary to maintain or replace the EFV on your service line we will maintain or replace the EFV at no charge to you. Please call Long Beach Utilities Inspection at (562) 570-2085 to talk to someone about having an EFV installed.

Contact 811 before you dig

For your safety always call 811 to have gas lines and other buried utilities marked before allowing anyone to dig in your yard.