If you plan to dig into the ground, find out where the buried lines are early in the planning process. If you're planning to build a fence, for example, the locations of buried lines may dictate where posts can be placed and the overall design of the fence.
Manitoba Hydro will locate the natural gas lines and the electric cables that we own. We have no knowledge of or responsibility for locating facilities owned by others.
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 (6 inches).
Excavators request locates for a variety of reasons. Cities dig to repair water and sewer lines or rebuild roads/sidewalks, utilities dig to repair or upgrade their lines, etc. If you would like more information about your particular situation, contact the utility in question.
Lines to pool heaters and barbeques are private lines. We do not include private lines in our line location service.
We recommend planting trees and shrubs at least 1 meter (40 inches) away from underground lines. A small plant can grow to be quite large, and its root system will expand as well. Also see our information about planting to avoid overhead power lines: Right Tree – Right Place.