What are Utility Line Locates?
Utility line locates are records provided by utility companies to indicate the location of buried underground lines (i.e. natural gas, electricity, cable). The records are paired with physical markings on site (usually spray paint or flags).
Why are Utility Line Locates Required?
It’s vital to know the location of utility lines prior to digging (either by hand or machine), so lines remain undamaged. Contact with a line can disrupt services or lead to serious injury. Even if a line isn’t directly cut, it’s important that the ground surrounding it isn’t disturbed (to prevent damage).
When do I need Utility Line Locates?
Utility line locates are required anytime work involving digging occurs. Be sure to have line locates in hand prior to digging.
How do I get a Utility Line Locate?
How to obtain a utility line locates varies based on your area. Most regions use third-parties (i.e. Ontario 1Call) to locate underground utilities. Contact your local utilities and inquire, if you are unsure about how to obtain a utility line locate prior to digging.
How Long are Utility Line Locates Valid?
Utility line locates are valid for varying amounts of time. Make sure that locates are valid for the entire duration of your project. If required, call utility companies to obtain a re-locate to extend the validity of your locate.