by Morinville News Staff
With warm weather hitting the province a little earlier than normal, many people may be contemplating starting their outdoor home renovations earlier.
Alberta-One-Call is reminding Albertans to let them know about project plans before digging so they can let owners know where buried water, sewer, and power lines are that they will need to avoid.
“Last year we had 450,000 notifications of planned ground disturbances,” said Mike Sullivan, President of
Alberta-One-Call. “Every time somebody contacts us by email or by phone they are potentially alerting over 850
members about your planned dig.
Albertans are becoming increasingly familiar with the service, and requests for service have quadrupled over the past 30 years.
Despite increasing use and awareness, 2015 saw 2,500 incidents in the province where utilities or gas lines were struck because the homeowner or their contractor did not notify Alberta One-Call first.
“Obviously that’s a serious safety concern depending on the magnitude of the incident,” Sullivan said, adding the average incident cost taxpayers about $20,000.
Alberta-One-Call is now telling property owners and contractors to contact them online at www.albertaonecall.com to initiate a request for service.