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sing hydro excavation trucks is undeniably the safest way to dig.
Originally developed in the 1960's to expose underground gas-lines for the
oil and gas industry, hydro excavation uses pressurized, and sometimes
heated, water to break up soil while simultaneously vacuuming the debris
into a holding tank.
In the last 20 years this type of excavation has been adopted by the construction and utilities industries to safely excavate in the vicinity of buried infrastructure
such as gas, hydro and fiber optic lines. It's very precise and less disruptive, like a
surgeon using a laser scalpel instead of a spoon.
In areas with high-density buried infrastructure and nearby populations, using
HydroVac trucks instead of mechanical equipment like excavators and backhoes is
imperative. Hoes and Trenchers (which includes Backhoes) are the leading cause
of excavation damage, followed by other unidentified causes and Hand Tools...and
it's costly. (See 2015 DIRT Report, Version 9.0, p. 10)
Even though in the short term it may seem cheaper to manually dig, using hydro
excavation saves enormously in the long term, by mitigating risk and increasing
efficiency. When you consider the costs of damaging utilities and worker and public safety, it's always worth budgeting projects with hydro excavation costs built in.
With HydroVac technology available, there's no excuse for putting lives at risk
and damaging infrastructure.
It's critical to safely expose utilities to make repairs to the lines. Called "daylighting" or "potholing", locating with a HydroVac truck is the safest and quickest way
to find and expose underground infrastructure.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016

President’s Message
Membership in the ORCGA: Uncovering Value
Dig Safe, Dig Smart
DIRT Report
Ontario One Call
Our Hidden Infrastructure
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - President’s Message
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Membership in the ORCGA: Uncovering Value
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Dig Safe, Dig Smart
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - DIRT Report
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Ontario One Call
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Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - Our Hidden Infrastructure
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