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					TRENCHLESS INSTALLATIONS
                         &
 UNMARKED SEWER LINES




   PRESENTATION TO DAMAGE PREVENTION CONFERENCE
      By: Dan Weaklend, NPL Construction Company &
              Samuel T. Ariaratnam, ASU
            AGENDA

• WHO IS NPL?
• THE ISSUE

• STATUS TODAY:
 – State Legislation
 – LDC Policies and procedures
 – Industry Association Involvement


              “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
       WHO IS NPL?

Core Business:
• The safe installation &
  maintenance of reliable energy
  distribution systems
• Over 500 crews
• Over 2400 employees
• Operate in 20 states
• One of the largest users of One
  Call Centers in U.S.

            “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
            NEW AND REPLACEMENT
                  FOOTAGE
           16

           14

           12

           10                                                                 8.34
                                                                                     New
Millions




                                                    6.96 6.86          7.25
                                             6.05               6.30
            8
                                      6.05                                           Replaced
                5.45 5.56 5.62 5.46
            6

            4
                                         5.46 5.73 5.83 5.28 5.54 5.82
            2   4.36 4.31 4.09 3.96 4.55

            0
                1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
NPL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
                                                         XCEL
                                                        AQ

                                                 •CNP
                                                •DEA
                                                 •GMG
                       BHC                                                   •EE
                                                        •Nicor
                                      ATMOS                •NIPSCo
                                                                           •NUI
           •SWG                                                           •BGE
                              •XCEL                     Peoples          •WGL
                                           •KGS
              •SWG
                                          •KGS
              •SWG
                 •CU                       • KGS
                    •SWG                   •ONG
              •SWG   •APS                                         •AGL
                     •SWG
                                         •ATMOS
  SO CAL
              SRP                       • CPS




                            “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
NPL LOCATION MAP
              AGENDA


• WHO IS NPL?

• THE ISSUE

• STATUS TODAY:
  – State Legislation
  – LDC Policies and procedures
  – Industry Association Involvement

                “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
“THE OFTEN FORGOTTEN
UNDERGROUND WORLD”
  MANY MORE UTILITIES ARE
INSTALLED USING TRENCHLESS
       TECHNOLOGY
        POSSIBLE SCENARIO?
                  Who’s responsible
                  for marking?
Sewer
Main
                     What could
                      happen?
  Lateral to
   mains
 connection
                       New
                       service
                       Line

                                House
         street
         City




                     Property
                     line
GAS LINE IN A 6” SEWER
 GAS LINE + SEWER LINE +
ROTARY-ROOTER = DISASTER
Minnesota Explosion
  THE EXPOSURE



LOW FREQUENCY
 HIGH SEVERITY
   THE BIG CONCERNS

1. Catastrophic human tragedy
2. Huge costs
SEWER LINES NEED TO BE MARKED,
 JUST LIKE ALL OTHER UTILITIES
 INSTALLATION SOLUTIONS
• All underground
  facilities, including
  sewer lines, should
  be marked by the
  entity that receives
  revenue from the
  facility.
• All new sewer
  laterals should be
  installed with a
  location device (i.e.
  tracer wire, marker
  balls, etc.).
              AGENDA


• WHO IS NPL?
• THE ISSUE
• STATUS TODAY:
  – State Legislation
  – LDC Policies and procedures
  – Industry Association Involvement



                “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
STATES THAT HAVE UPDATED ONE
    CALL LAWS TO INCLUDE
       SEWER LATERALS

         ARIZONA
         GEORGIA
        MINNESOTA
         NEVADA
         OREGON
         VIRGINIA
        WISCONSIN
          “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
     STATE REGULATIONS
• What do regulations say in 33 States?
• “Owner or operator of an underground
  facility is responsible to locate the
  approximate horizontal location of that
  facility”
• Is that the home/building owner or
  municipality?
• Does the State require them to join the
  One-Call system?
• Courts have ruled that home/building
  owner does not have expertise to be
  responsible for location of sewer
  laterals.
WHAT ARE THE OTHER TEN STATES?

•   New Jersey
•   New Mexico
•   Oklahoma
•   Rhode Island
•   Texas
•   Virginia
•   Missouri
•   California
•   Kansas
•   Vermont
   Interesting Interpretations?

• In Kansas and
  Vermont;
  – Sewer is not designated
    as a “facility”
• In California;
  – exempts “non-
    pressurized” lines
• In Missouri;
  – exempts “privately
    owned” sewer and water
    lines
STATES UPDATING LAWS

       ARIZONA

       GEORGIA

       KANSAS

       NEVADA

      WISCONSIN
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   STATES WITH CHAMPIONS
STARTING GRASS ROOTS EFFORTS
        NEED SUPPORT
          CALIFORNIA

          COLORADO

           INDIANA

          TENNESSEE

             TEXAS

         WASHINGTON

          “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
GOOD STATE PROSPECTS
IN NEED OF A CHAMPION


       ILLINOIS
         IOWA
      MARYLAND
         OHIO
      OKLAHOMA

       “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
            AGENDA

• WHO IS NPL?

• THE ISSUE

• STATUS TODAY:
 – State Legislation
 – LDC Policies and procedures
 – Industry Association Involvement


              “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
      LDC POLICIES AND
        PROCEDURES
• LARGE WEST COAST LDC HAS POLICY OF
  REQUIRING AND ENFORCING THAT EVERY
  MAIN AND SEWER LATERAL BE DAYLIGHTED
  BEFORE EXCAVATING

• MIDWEST LDC HAS POLICY OF REQUIRING
  AND ENFORCING THAT All SEWERS ARE PRE-
  LOCATED (CAMERA’D) BEFORE GAS IS
  INTRODUCED

• SOUTHEAST LDC HAS COMPLETED A
  SYSTEM REVIEW USING CAMERAS
CAMERA IN ACTION
     LDC POLICIES AND
       PROCEDURES

• LARGE SOUTHWEST LDC HAS:

 – CAMERA PROGRAM TO IDENTIFY PAST
   INSTALLATION ISSUES

 – POLICY REQUIRING AND ENFORCING
   THAT EVERY SEWER MAIN AND LATERAL
   BE LOCATED BEFORE EXCAVATING
            AGENDA

• WHO IS NPL?

• THE ISSUE

• STATUS TODAY:
 – State Legislation
 – LDC Policies and procedures
 – Industry Association Involvement


              “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
    INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION
         INVOLVEMENT
• AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION
  - BEST PRACTICES

• COMMON GROUND ALLIANCE
   - BEST PRACTICES

• DISTRIBUTION CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
    – FINDING CHAMPIONS
    – SUPPORTING CHAMPIONS VIA INFORMATION SHARING

•   NATIONAL UNDERGROUND CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
    – POSITION PAPER

•   NORTH AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGY
    –   BEST PRACTICES COMMITTEE


                         “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
NUCA Position Paper – Locating and Marking Service Laterals

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) represents underground utility contractors,
manufacturers and suppliers who provide the workforce and materials to build and maintain the
nation’s network of water, sewer, gas, telecommunications and construction site development
industries. As an active member of the Common Ground Alliance—an organization that works to
promote best practices and shared responsibility by all stakeholders in damage prevention—
NUCA strongly encourages its members do their part to prevent damage to underground
facilities during construction activities.

There is an ongoing debate in many states over who is responsible for the underground service
laterals that run from the mains to buildings and residences that are in most cases on private
property. It is unrealistic to expect property owners to fulfill the responsibility of locating and
marking their service laterals. NUCA believes that effective damage prevention is ensured when
both parties fill their respective responsibilities. Excavators are responsible for notifying their
one-call centers prior to excavation and employing safe digging practices; underground facility
owners/operators are responsible for accurately locating and marking the facilities according to
their state one-call laws.

As a member of the CGA’s Best Practices Committee, NUCA is currently working on
developing a best practice that will address the issue, but the CGA is limiting the discussion to
locating sewer laterals. While NUCA is prepared to support a CGA best practice that to some
extent limits the facility operator’s responsibility to locate sewer laterals, our official position is
that facility owners/operators should be required to locate all service laterals. Locating and
marking underground facilities is a primary responsibility of the facility operator.

Therefore, NUCA supports all efforts to change state damage prevention laws so that they
require underground facility owners/operators to locate and mark all underground service
laterals. This would be consistent with their responsibility to locate and mark all of their
underground facilities prior to excavation activity.
      WHAT IS NEEDED

• LOCAL CHAMPIONS TO CHANGE STATE
  LAWS

• GOVERNMENT REGULATORY AGENCIES TO
  GET INVOLVED IN LEGISLATIVE CHANGES
  AND ENFORCEMENT

• MORE LDC’S TO TAKE UP THE CAUSE

• FOR ALL TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS
  NOT JUST A CONTRACTOR PROBLEM.
  IT IS AN INDUSTRY SAFETY PROBLEM.
               “NPL Quality – The Pipeline To Success”
WE WILL WIN!




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