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Kansas Corporation Commission. Underground Utility Damage Prevention. Kansas One Call. Two Participants: Excavators (anyone that digs) Operators (anyone with buried infrastructure) All Operators are excavators. EXCAVATOR vs. OPERATOR. THE KEY IS COMMUNICATION!!!.

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Kansas Corporation Commission

Underground Utility

Damage Prevention


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Kansas One Call

  • Two Participants:

    • Excavators (anyone that digs)

    • Operators(anyone with buried infrastructure)

      • All Operators are excavators


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EXCAVATOR vs.OPERATOR

THE KEY

IS

COMMUNICATION!!!


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Kansas One Call LawandWater and Sewer Utilities

  • (e)   "Facility" means any underground system used for gas, electricity, communication, petroleum products or hazardous liquids; facility shall not include, any production petroleum lead lines, salt water disposal lines or injection lines, which are not located on platted land or inside the corporate limits of any city.


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Kansas Law is silent regarding Water and Sewer Utilities and Damage Prevention


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What’s that mean according to the One Call Law?

  • Excavator Not Required to make 2nd Call or Use “Reasonable Care”.

  • Operator Not Required to Mark or know where the buried lines are.


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Kansas Comparative Fault Law

  • “Ordinary Care” provision.

  • Liability determined by amount excavator or operator is at fault.

    • All Easements Non-Exclusive.


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Ordinary Care

  • No Standard?

  • Common Ground Alliance Best Practices set a national standard.

  • Requires Participation in One Call.


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Kansas One Call

  • Non Profit made up of member utilities

  • Total 709 members; (46% have wtr/swr)

    • 270 Municipals with water/sewer; (52%)

    • 56 Rural Water Districts; (20%)


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Kansas One CallCost of Membership

  • $25 per year

  • $1.14 per Locate ticket

  • Municipals average 200 requests/1000 residents.

  • RWD’s average 300 per year.

    • 1900 per year near large urban areas.


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Kansas One CallCost of Membership

  • THE REAL COST IS IN PERFORMING THE LOCATES!!!

    • Travel time.

    • Mileage.

    • Return Visits.


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Managing Locate Request

(With membership

in Kansas One Call)


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Operator Defines Area for locates

  • Certificated Area

  • Piping “Polygons”


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Certificated Area

  • Notified for every request where the “dig box” touches the certificated area.

  • “dig box” is the area called in by excavator telling where locates are necessary.


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Certificated Area Notification


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Polygon Area Notification


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Polygon Area Notification


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Polygon Area Notification

  • Can be as small as 50 feet wide.


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BUT….How do you manage Locate Requests?

  • Even non KOC members receive them.

    • Locates aren’t even in same township as my facilities.

    • Description says “mark the entire property.”

    • Repeat requests every 15 days.


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…ANDTHE ANSWER IS…


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Kansas One Call needs…

  • Updated base maps of rural areas.

  • Good contact information

  • Operators (even nonmembers) can help…

    • Let KOC know when base maps are updated by county.

    • Provide updated contact information to KRWA.

    • Maintain updated accurate maps of facilities.

  • Excavators can help….

    • Limit “dig box” descriptions.

    • Good contact information.

    • Dig with care.


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Excavator needs

  • Accurate locates.

  • Operators (even nonmembers) can help…

    • Let KOC know when base maps are updated by county.

    • Provide updated contact information to KRWA.

    • Maintain updated accurate maps of facilities.

  • KOC can help…

    • Develop better descriptions on site directions.

    • Promote computer generated tickets.

    • Control the size of the dig box.


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Operator needs

  • Minimize costs of performing locates.

  • Minimize damages.

  • Excavators can help…

    • Better directions.

    • Good contact information.

    • Minimize updates.

  • KOC can help…

    • Develop better descriptions on site directions.

    • Promote computer generated tickets.

    • Control the size of the dig box.


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Strategies for Minimizing Costs

  • GOOD ACCURATE MAPS

    • Bad locate is worse than no locate.

  • Understand the description, what digging is for, and ask excavator questions.

  • Look at a map before calling excavator.

  • Sketch out what he wants to dig

  • Does it make Sense?

  • Can he reduce the size of the dig box?


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Strategies for Minimizing Costs

  • GOOD ACCURATE MAPS

    • Bad locate is worse than no locate.

  • Request Excavator to whiteline facilities.

  • Document any deviations from original request.

  • See if updates are necessary.

    • Charge for updates???


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Dissecting the Locate Request

  • Work: Repairing a water Main

  • Duration: A COUPLE DAYS

  • Directions:

    • FROM THE ABOVE INTERSECTION, GO N APPROX 300FT TO THE N SIDE OF THE BRIDGE TO THE BLUE FLAGS ON BOTH SIDES OF BIG BEAR RD. MARK WITHIN 50FT ON EACH SIDE OF THE FLAGS GOING N APPROX 650FT.


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FROM THE ABOVE INTERSECTION OF BIG BEAR RD & 26TH RD, GO N APPROX 300FT TO THE N SIDE OF THE BRIDGE TO THE BLUE FLAGS ON BOTH SIDES OF BIG BEAR RD. MARK WITHIN 50FT ON EACH SIDE OF THE FLAGS GOING N APPROX 650FT.

Marking area going N 650ft.

Bridge approximately 300ft

N of intersection.

BigBearRd


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FROM THE ABOVE INTERSECTION OF BIG BEAR RD & 26TH RD, GO N APPROX 300FT TO THE N SIDE OF THE BRIDGE TO THE BLUE FLAGS ON BOTH SIDES OF BIG BEAR RD. MARK WITHIN 50FT ON EACH SIDE OF THE FLAGS GOING N APPROX 650FT.

Marking area going N 650ft.

Bridge approximately 300ft

N of intersection.

BigBearRd


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Dissecting the Locate Request

  • Questions:

    • Fixing a water main leak, why does excavator need both sides of road located?

    • Why does the dig box stop at the driveway? Any chance of a service line being cut?


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Dissecting the Locate Request

  • Work: Remove trees

  • Duration: 5 Days Maybe

  • Directions:

    • FROM INTERSECTION OF N 900 RD AND E 1300 RD, MARK WITHIN AN AREA GOING N 500FT ON 1300 RD AND GOING 500FT WEST ON 900 RD


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FROM INTERSECTION OF N 900 RD AND E 1300 RD, MARK WITHIN AN AREA GOING N 500FT ON 1300 RD AND GOING 500FT WEST ON 900 RD.

500 ft mark

500 ft mark


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FROM INTERSECTION OF N 900 RD AND E 1300 RD, MARK WITHIN AN AREA GOING N 500FT ON 1300 RD AND GOING 500FT WEST ON 900 RD.

500 ft mark

500 ft mark


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Dissecting the Locate Request

  • Work: Install Water Main

  • Duration: 2 Weeks

  • Directions:

    • MARK A 150FT RADIUS OF THE ABOVE INTERSECTION, THEN MARK BOTH RD RIGHT OF WAYS PLUS 150FT INTO PRIVATE OF LIMESTONE RD GOING 1/2 MILE E, THEN TURN AND MARK BOTH RD RIGHT OF WAYS OF 265TH ST PLUS 150FT INTO PRIVATE GOING S 1/2 MILE.


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Dissecting the Locate Request

  • Directions:

    • MARK A 150FT RADIUS OF THE ABOVE INTERSECTION,

    • THEN MARK BOTH RD RIGHT OF WAYS

    • PLUS 150FT INTO PRIVATE OF LIMESTONE RD

    • GOING 1/2 MILE E,

      THEN TURN AND MARK BOTH RD RIGHT OF WAYS OF 265TH ST

    • PLUS 150FT INTO PRIVATE

    • GOING S 1/2 MILE.


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MARK A 150FT RADIUS OF THE INTERSECTION OF LIMESTONE RD & 260TH ST, THEN MARK BOTH RD RIGHT OF WAYS PLUS 150FT INTO PRIVATE OF LIMESTONE RD GOING 1/2 MILE E,


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MARK A 150FT RADIUS OF THE INTERSECTION OF LIMESTONE RD & 260TH ST, THEN MARK BOTH RD RIGHT OF WAYS PLUS 150FT INTO PRIVATE OF LIMESTONE RD GOING 1/2 MILE E,


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THEN TURN AND MARK BOTH RD RIGHT OF WAYS OF 265TH ST PLUS 150FT INTO PRIVATE GOING S 1/2 MILE.


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WHAT ABOUT THIS AREA???


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Dissecting the Locate Request

  • Questions:

    • Installing water main, why does excavator need 375 feet by 2640 feet, (23 Acres), on the E/W road located?

    • Where does the Road R-O-W end?

    • Can he build 1 mile of line in 2 weeks?

    • Does he anticipate updates needed?

    • Does he know who to call/ what to do if he hits your facility?


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Dissecting the Locate Request

  • Work: Install Water Booster Pump Station.

  • Duration: About 3 Months

  • Directions:

    • FROM ABOVE INTERSECTION, GO 450FT E ON SW 30TH ST. AT THIS POINT, MARK EVERYTHING WITHIN THE AREA GOING 200FT S AND 100FT E.


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FROM THE INTERSECTION OF SW 30TH ST & 159TH ST, GO 450FT E ON SW 30TH ST. AT THIS POINT, MARK EVERYTHING WITHIN THE AREA GOING 200FT S AND 100FT E.

450ft E of Intersection


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Dissecting the Locate Request

  • Questions:

    • 200 by 300, (1.4 acres) is reasonable?

    • 3 month duration would require multiple updates.

    • Can he protect your marks for a long period of time?

    • When does he anticipate working near your facility?

    • How much should he pay for updates?

    • Does he know who to call/ what to do if he hits your facility?


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Dissecting the Locate Request

  • “Unless otherwise agreed between the parties”.

  • Whatever you negotiate with the excavator,

    • GET IT IN WRITING!!!

  • Both parties should sign.


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    QUESTIONS??

    1-800-DIG-SAFE OR 8-1-1


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