We live in a unique area where industrial, commercial and residential areas must share the same space. The safe delivery of petroleum products, water, telephone, internet and other utilities requires a vast network of underground infrastructure, also known as linear infrastructure. And protecting that network from accidents created by an unsuspecting member of the public, construction company or industry is the job of the Edmonton Area Pipeline and Utility Operators’ Committee (EAPUOC).
EAPUOC is a not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization that includes companies, municipalities and agencies who are committed to community safety and awareness. We promote best practices around buried pipelines and utilities and cables, and act as a communications network during emergencies, in the Capital Region.
Across Canada, safe digging advocates are coming together in support of an important bill that needs traction. Introduced in December 2015 by the Honourable Senator Grant Mitchell, Bill S-229 is an Underground Infrastructure Safety Enhancement Act that will create a federal notification system.
After months of being blanketed by snow, the Capital Region is pulling back the covers for its unofficial other season - construction season. But before people grab their shovels and fire up earth moving equipment, the Edmonton Area Pipeline & Utility Operators’ Committee (EAPUOC) is sharing a timely reminder to dig safely.