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WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Last issue’s results:
Did you attend the 2018 CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo?
A) Yes B) No
This issue’s question:
What do you believe is the biggest challenge facing the water industry?
A) Condition of water/wastewater infrastructure
B) Funding for capital improvement projects
C) Utility security
D) Replacing a retiring workforce
To answer visit pollev.com/safedigging)
Water Infrastructure Professionals
Common sense dictates that no one should drink water from a dirty cup. However, few people realize that high-quality drinking water has to travel from the water treatment plant through a network of deteriorated, aging pipes before it reaches the tap. This group aims to promote networking among professionals passionate about solving the problem of our aging drinking water infrastructure. This group has 1,672 members. If you would like to become a member, ask to join!
National Safe Digging Month
Each April signals an important time in the underground damage prevention industry. The hours of daylight increase, the trees begin to bud, and the soil starts to warm up. All of these events indicate the beginning of the excavation season. With an increase in digging projects comes the risk of damaging utilities. In fact, according to the 2016 DIRT Report, every nine minutes a utility line is hit because someone didn’t call 811. If only everyone was aware that the chances of hitting a buried utility are less than 1% if you simply call 811 a few days before digging. In a study conducted by Povaddo, LLC for the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) in June 2017, it was shown that awareness of the Call Before You Dig message stands at about 45% across the United States. Although an encouraging statistic, it leaves room for millions more to be reached with this vital and potentially life saving message. That is why the month of April has been designated as National Safe Digging Month. During this month, stakeholders from a wide array of industries helped spread this message across their social media platforms by using #NSDM. Take a peek below to see how some stakeholders spread the message this year!