Change to one-call rules proposed for Nebraska
February 6, 2009

"One-call" systems like the services in Iowa and Nebraska offer excavators a simple way to request locating services for buried utilities like water mains, sewers, and electrical and telephone cables. A proposal (LB272) before the Nebraska legislature would exempt the state's sanitary and improvement districts (SIDs) from participating in the one-call service there. The bill's author says their participation isn't really needed, since sewer lines are generally buried deeper than anything else. But the utility council of the Nebraska AWWA has come out against the proposal, arguing in part that excavators need to know about any potential conflict -- not just because they might interfere with the sewers, but because the very act of installing the sewers in the first place left behind a different soil profile above the sewers than in the surrounding areas.

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