The depth of buried lines can change over time, depending on the type of soil covering them, as well as erosion or other activities going on above-ground. According to provincial legislation, you must call for a line location each time you plan to dig more than 15 cm.
If you dig into the ground and hit a natural gas line with your shovel or heavy equipment, you may:
- release natural gas which, if ignited, can explode causing injury or even death;
- damage or destroy your excavation equipment;
- cause a local or widespread natural gas disruption;
- be liable for the cost of repairs.
Call or click before you dig to arrange for us to check and mark your property for electrical and/or natural gas lines. The service is free to locate Manitoba Hydro-owned underground facilities.