Firm adds rotten egg smell to bills
Published 13/08/2010 | 01:32
Paying bills can stink but gas bills from a Washington firm will include something truly odorous this month: the stench of rotten eggs.
As part of a safety campaign, Puget Sound Energy is including a scratch-and-sniff pamphlet with its billing statements to remind customers what leaking gas smells like.
Natural gas is odourless but providers add a chemical to the gas that has a distinctive, sulfur-like aroma similar to rotten eggs in order to make sure leaks can be detected.
The Bellevue-based firm serves nearly 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties of the state.
(Puget Sound Energy)