A utility damage prevention manger reminds rural residents to have underground utilities identified before starting an excavating project.
Roger Watwood with JULIE Inc. in Illinois tells Brownfield on average, an underground utility line is damaged every 6 minutes.
“And it’s usually because somebody thought they knew where the lines were. ‘Ohh, I’m not digging that deep. I’m not doing excavation. I’m just driving a fence post in the ground.’ But all those things are excavation.”
He says excavation can be anything from landscaping and fence post installation, to tiling and clearing waterways.