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CONSIDERING
INPUTTING INTO
DIRT

THE CITY OF PORT COLBORNE DOES
NOT ENTER DATA INTO THE DIRT
REPORT, AT THIS TIME.
What is your title at work?
Darlene Suddard, Environmental Compliance Supervisor,
City of Port Colborne
How did you find out about the ORCGA
and the DIRT Report?
Our municipal locator is a certified Damage Prevention
Technician (DPT), trained through the courses offered by
the ORCGA.

CURRENTLY INPUTS
INTO DIRT
Chris Van Daele is the Damage Prevention Field
Manager (SW Ontario).
In this busy role, Chris:
* Provides resolution to daily locate issues;
* Monitors performance levels of locate service providers
to ensure timely, safe, and accurate locate services;
* Acts as local liaison with TSSA, field operations employees, locate service providers, and insurance services with
respect to excavation damages and locate issues;
* Leads local damage prevention awareness sessions for
the excavating community; and,
* Promotes and is involved with the Ontario Regional
Common Ground Alliance, Ontario One Call, and the
Locate Alliance Consortium.
At Union Gas, we pride ourselves on safe excavation practices. We ensure our contractors are held to the same high
standard of safe excavation.
Currently the majority of our damages are due to imprudent excavation. Most commonly, projects that require
deep excavations such as sewer and water work lead to
gas plant damages.
Union Gas tracks all of our damages internally, as well as
in DIRT. We are able to run data reports which enable us to
identify trends as well as areas needing attention.
We receive and review annual copies of the ORCGA DIRT
Report which enables us to see the big picture. We wanted
to participate in a database that tracked province-wide damage stats from multiple stakeholders.
Union Gas can identify if other utilities are experiencing
the same types of damages that we are and can collaborate
on new ideas to mitigate re-occurrence. In a perfect world it
would be mandatory for all utilities to input into DIRT, as this
would give us the full picture of damages in Ontario.

What issues are you experiencing locally that has you
considering inputting into DIRT for the first time?
Recently, an excavator damaged a 2"' water service
because they assumed the water line was much deeper.
Excavation practices were not sufficient, as the excavator:
* Failed to maintain clearance;
* Failed to maintain the marks;
* Failed to use hand tools where required; and,
* Failed to verify location by test hole/pot holing.
Excavators consistently demonstrate recklessness when
it comes to water infrastructure.
While it's true that there are no immediate dangers when
damaging a water main (unless the main is under pressure) there are a number of consequences that result from
this mindset:
* Homeowner property damage and subsequent insurance
claims;
* Costs incurred to shut off water service;
* Coloured particulates might now appear in the homeowner's
water, or even more troubling, potential drinking water
contamination might occur, resulting in the issuance of a
Boil Water Advisory by the Medical Officer of Health;
* A whole neighbourhood is now impacted for several days
(think laundry, bathing, meal preparation, those requiring
medical care);
* Water has to be run off from a fire hydrant for several days,
the cost of which will be absorbed by the water customers;
* Water samples now have to obtained and tested;
* A licensed operator is required to repair the broken
water main;
* Asphalt repairs - both temporary and permanent - have
to be made; and,
* A poor (and incorrect!) reflection on safety and reliability
of the city's drinking water.
Scenarios, as above, have led the department to consider
tracking and analyzing damages.
What are the root causes of these damages? Is it only
reckless excavators to blame, or is it old municipal records,
or are there other causes that haven't been identified yet?
We need to obtain hard data on the root causes to take to
senior management and city council to determine mitigation
strategies to prevent future damages. The municipality is very
serious about the correct use of its citizen's tax dollars and
maintaining the infrastructure they have entrusted to us.

FALL 2016

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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 - cover2
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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
Ear to the Ground - Fall 2016 - 11
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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