The City purchases natural gas from Clayton Energy and offers it to residents of Bloomfield at a competitive rate. The purchased gas is transported by ANR Pipeline. At year-end 2004, there were 36.352 miles of gas main and services in the City.
The gas distribution department has two full-time employees, Todd Schumaker and a currently open position. The Operator Qualification Program mandates they pass a combination of written tests and hands on demonstrations for every task they perform. Currently there are 14 pages on record of tasks and operations they are qualified to perform.
The department also utilizes the Remote Methane Leak Detector (RMLD) which uses an eye-safe laser-based gas sensor to detect methane leaks up to 100 feet. The gas department learned of this leading edge technology from Heath in 2008 during the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Spring Workshop and was able to purchase the unit that July. At this time, the City of Bloomfield is the only municipality in Iowa to use this technology. The RMLD quickly and efficiently detects leaks from a distance allowing users to safely survey difficult to reach areas.