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COVID-19 heightens the need for safe digging practices

As the United States grapples with containing the COVID-19 pandemic and with a growing number of people under stay-at-home orders, utilities are reminding customers who may want to start outdoor projects to call before they dig, lest critical infrastructure be put at risk. April is National Safe Digging Month, and the last thing customers need …

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Coronavirus in Austin: Construction crews back at job sites as work ban lifted

Some recently sidelined construction workers in Austin are back on the job this week, after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order allowing commercial and residential building to continue amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Previously, city of Austin and Travis County leaders had issued orders barring most construction from continuing during the COVID-19 outbreak, except …

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Sewers blocked by things people are using as substitutes for toilet paper

Severn Trent Water said it had been called out to more than 3,000 blocked drains in the space of just a fortnight, while Scottish Water logged 1,343 reports between March 16 and March 30. Grant Mitchell, sewer blockages lead at Severn Trent Water, said: ‘On top of doing one of the most mucky jobs out …

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Homeowners Urged to Delay Digging Projects During COVID-19 Emergency

The month of April marks National Safe Digging Month, since it traditionally kicks off the season of outdoor improvements. However, utility companies and state officials are urging homeowners to delay spring digging projects during the COVID-19 emergency. Homeowners and professional contractors are required to call 8-1-1 at least three business days before undertaking home improvement …

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