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FEATURE B Y G R A N T K I L PAT R I C K , M A N A G E R , D A M A G E P R E V E N T I O N P RO G R A M S , E N B R I D G E G A S D I S T R I B U T I O N ed ne? lock ervice Li B lear er S ew ou C S Ca re Y Befo ll H aving taken a trip down to the local rental store looking for sewer clearing equipment, I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to have a blocked sewer and how urgently homeowners want to have it fixed. However, there are potential safety risks that should be considered before you clear a sewer line beyond the outside walls of a building. It is possible that natural gas lines installed using trenchless practices may have inadvertently penetrated sewer service lines. Sewer trunk and service lines are generally installed deeply underground, below the frost line, to avoid freeze-thaw issues. Natural gas lines do not require deep installation. However, there may be instances where sewer service lines were installed at shallower-than-normal depths or gas lines were installed at deeper-than-normal depths, resulting in a natural gas line inadvertently penetrating the sewer service line. A damaged sewer service line could remain undetected for years if it doesn’t create an immediate problem. While there is no safety issue if left undisturbed, the use of rotating or water jetting equipment to clear a sewer service line blockage beyond the wall of a building could damage the gas line and pose a serious safety risk if certain precautions are not taken in advance. Safety is our ongoing priority, and as Canada’s largest natural gas distributor, Enbridge Gas Distribution has taken steps to address this industry-wide issue. As part of this endeavour, we are raising awareness about this potential safety concern and the simple step that people in the communities we serve can take to protect themselves and others. Enbridge Gas Distribution, and fellow Ontario gas distribution utility Union Gas, are encouraging residents to call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 for a free Natural Gas Sewer Safety Inspection before clearing a blocked sewer line beyond the outside walls of a home or a business. A utility representative will provide a clearance to proceed with the work, or a stop work order that indicates a natural S P R I N G 12 THERE ARE POTENTIAL SAFETY RISKS THAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED BEFORE YOU CLEAR A SEWER LINE BEYOND THE OUTSIDE WALLS OF A BUILDING. gas line could be intersecting with a sewer service line and the utility will have to investigate further. I think we can all understand the desire to get any blocked sewer line cleared as quickly possible. However, much like the “Call Before You Dig” initiative, a simple phone call can help ensure that the work is completed safely. For more information about Enbridge Gas Distribution’s program, visit www.enbridgegas.com/sewersafety. ■ 17 http://www.enbridgegas.com/sewersafety http://www.orcga.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ear to the Ground - Spring 2012

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
INTERNATIONAL NEWS: ‘811 BIKE’ PROMOTES SAFE DIGGING MESSAGE ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S AMERICAN CHOPPER: SENIOR VS. JUNIOR
INTERNATIONAL NEWS: UPDATE FROM THE CCGA - A UNIFIED APPROACH TO DAMAGE PREVENTION
Q&A: A CONVERSATION WITH CORAL LUKANIUK, PUBLIC AWARENESS PROGRAM MANAGER, TRANSCANADA
THE SIGNS OF SPRING: TRAFFIC PROTECTION
BLOCKED SEWER SERVICE LINE? CALL BEFORE YOU CLEAR
CHEERS TO ORCGA VOLUNTEERS
LEGISLATIVE SPOTLIGHT
ORCGA’S HALL OF FAME MEMBERS AND MEMBER OF THE YEAR
ORCGA’S EXCAVATOR OF THE YEAR
JOE JOHNSON EQUIPMENT – ONE OF CANADA’S 50 BEST MANAGED COMPANIES
ORCGA’S 2012 SYMPOSIUM
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