MLGW is performing routine maintenance today near 5275 Raleigh LaGrange north of Elmore Road involving Mercaptan beginning around 11 a.m. and lasting until approximately 3 p.m.
Mercaptan is the same chemical odorant that MLGW adds to natural gas to give it the rotten egg/sulfur smell so it can be easily detected. Mercaptan by itself is a harmless, pungent-smelling gas but it is not natural gas. Depending on the wind/weather conditions, residents and businesses in various areas could smell this strong, sulfuric odor.
MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 437,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.