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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The problem was first discovered by workers a few days ago.

They noticed the gas didn't have that distinct smell put into gas to let us know if there is a gas leak, it usually smells sort of like rotten eggs.

The missing smell could be a real issue for anyone who might have a gas leak at home and not even know it.

The gas company says it could take several weeks before they can get the problem fixed. So, they are asking people to be aware of gas lines.

If you see bubbles coming from standing water, hear hissing or blowing sounds, or even see dirt or water blowing in the air, you could have gas leaking.

The problem is affecting an area where Southwest Gas services more than 300,000 people.

Right now, workers are trying to manually add the smell into the gas, but the gas company says it's a long process.

"We're manually injecting odorant at various points in our own system and then working with our supplier to inject odorant in their high pressure system, which of course will likely have the greatest impact," said Southwest Gas spokesperson Libby Howell.

Southwest Gas says it could take several days, even weeks, before the issue is fixed. If you think you may have a leak or other problem with your gas at home, call the company right away.

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