Happy 179th Birthday, PGW

On February 8, 1836, 46 natural gas lamps along Philadelphia’s 2nd Street were lit for the first time by employees of the newly formed Gas Works. Today, nearly two centuries later, we maintain 6,000 miles of underground pipes and provide the safe, reliable delivery of 78 billion cubic feet of natural gas, annually, to Philadelphia homes and businesses. Thank you to our customers, our employees, and all who are part of our history. More proud moments in Philadelphia history here.



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Smell Gas? Call (215) 235-1212

Natural Gas smells bad on purpose

That “rotten egg” smell is the smell of natural gas. If you think you smell gas leave the area immediately, and then call PGW at 215-235-1212 from a safe location.

Learn more Leaks, Odors, Safety Tips

Also if you smell gas:

  • Do not use electrical devices including cell phones which may cause a spark and ignite the gas.
  • Do not use an open flame, matches or lighters.
  • Do not try to locate the source of the gas leak.
  • Do not try to shut off any natural gas valves or gas appliances.
  • Do not start vehicles.
  • Do not re-enter the building or return to the area until a PGW employee or a qualified utility representative says it is safe to do so.
  • Do not put out the flames if natural gas ignites.