Avoid unwanted costs and accidents when working near ActewAGL assets
Wednesday 13 June 2012
ActewAGL is reminding the community to do their homework before building or landscaping by finding out what ActewAGL assets are on their block and how much clear distance must be left around these assets. It could save unwanted removal or repair costs and a potentially dangerous accident.
Landowners and tenants could be asked to pay for removal of obstructions that block access and fined up to $5,500 if they don’t comply. So play it safe by following these two steps.
- Visit Dial Before You Dig online at 1100.com.au or by calling 1100. It’s a free national service that coordinates utility information and a response is sent generally within two working days.
- Then find out how much space to leave around ActewAGL assets. Allow 1.5 metres around manholes, meters, hydrants, valves, mini pillars and service lines.
ActewAGL General Manager Water Division Asoka Wijeratne said, “When our crews are carrying out maintenance programs like sewer and water main replacements, or repairing a burst water main or hydrant, they need access to ActewAGL assets. Obstructions like chook pens or retaining walls can prolong interruptions and increase the risk of damage to the property, as well as lead to fines and removal costs.
“We want to minimise the inconvenience to our customers, so we’re asking people to consider our access requirements when they’re planning, including around sewer easements and pipe protection envelopes.
“It’s not just about damage to property. Striking an underground pipe or cable could cause serious injury. So it’s always better for people to do their homework first.”
More information about minimum clearances is available by calling ActewAGL on 6248 3555 or by visiting 12 Hoskins Street, Mitchell between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday for water and sewer enquiries, or Greenway Depot, corner of Anketell and Oakden Streets, Greenway between 8.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday for electricity enquiries.
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