*OFFICIAL NOTICE*

New Underground Utility Protection Policy

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Document Descriptions:

(Partial Sample of Document)

The __________________________ owns and operates underground utilities throughout their service area. It is the obligation of the City, as the Utility provider, to maintain these utilities in good condition and to maintain reliability throughout their systems. The __________________________ recognizes that residents and businesses within their service area depend on these utilities to perform normal daily activities and to sustain businesses. Interruption of utility service can have health, safety, and economic impacts on the City utility customers.

According the __________________________ hereby adopts this Underground Utility Protection Policy to reduce the likelihood that construction related activities will cause interruption of service due to accidental damage of existing underground utilities.

The following guidelines shall be followed by all Contractors performing underground utility work in and around existing __________________________ utilities:

1. It shall be the responsibility of the Contractor to physically locate any and all existing utilities within and adjacent to the work zone prior to initiating work.

 

(Partial Sample of Document)

Part 1 – SCOPE

A. This section pertains to the protection of all existing underground utilities that exist within and adjacent to work zones. “Paint Marks” or “Flags” as provided by Local One Call (811) or other utility locate services shall NOT be accepted as exact or definitive. It shall be the responsibility of the Contractor to physically verify all Paint Marks and/or Flags.

B. It shall be the responsibility of the Contractor to physically locate any and all existing utilities within and adjacent to the work zone prior to initiating work.

Part 2 – GENERAL

A. All utilities within 5 feet of a work zone MUST be found and seen prior to the start of any excavation operations.

B. Potholing shall be performed to verify the location and depth of the existing utilities.

C. Backhoes, trenchers or other type of mechanical equipment shall not be used to find underground utilities within 5 feet of a work zone.

D. At no time shall picks, round pointed shovels, or any other type of sharp tool be used for locating utilities.

E. Only square blunt non-sharp tools may be used for hand digging.

F. Vacuum Excavation shall be allowed with the use of high pressure water (up to 4,000 psi) with an approved non-cutting nozzle. Zero degree nozzles are not allowed.

G. Vacuum Excavation may also be allowed utilizing high pressure air (with dust containment system) or dry vacuum...