CGA’s DIRT Report Finds Underground Utility Damages Declining

August 2009 Vol. 64 No. 8

“Notification Not Made” was identified as the root cause in some 200,000 damages in 2004. That number was approximately 75,000 in 2008. More than ever, homeowners are calling their one call centers prior to beginning projects on their properties. The implementation of “811” in May 2007 has had a positive impact on the calling process.

“This year’s DIRT Report enables us to take a more comprehensive look at the progress being made in underground damage prevention efforts throughout North America,” said Bob Kipp, President of CGA. “With this data we are able to uncover important trends and also see the positive impact the implementation of 811, in May 2007, has had on reducing utility damages, specifically those caused by the failure to contact a one-call center before digging.”

The complete DIRT Annual Report for 2008 is available for download at, and stakeholders interested in submitting data to the 2009 report or establishing a Virtual Private Dirt account should visit the DIRT site at

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