Water & Sewer Benefits: Relief, Safety, Cost Savings, Compliance
Water is arguably the most precious natural resource, and water, sewer and wastewater lines are the most frequently damaged buried assets in the United States. Annual damages to water, sewer and wastewater tally an enormous cost, costs which are shared by everyone. Membership in Gold Shovel Standard can help avoid costly line strikes that result in wasted resources and preventable operational chaos.
Resource Constraint Relief
Every water, sewer and wastewater provider is resource constrained, and yet these providers regularly dedicate resources and staff towards the remediation of excavation damage. So prevalent are these preventable damages that many providers simply carry extra resources to repair and navigate these line strikes. Reducing damages through GSS allows providers to apply these resources to predictable operational tasks that can reduce the resource constraints faced by most providers. Gold Shovel Standard membership enables providers to operate more effectively with fewer resources.
High-profile excavation damages to buried petroleum and electric infrastructure get enormous publicity. However, when a water or sewer main is damaged during excavation, the resulting flooding can fill excavated areas, endangering workers, create hazardous sink holes and erosion on adjacent roadways and structures. In an era of little public patience for preventable catastrophes, Gold Shovel Standard membership can increase the safety of workers and the public alike.
Preventable excavation damages cost water, sewer and wastewater providers significant amounts of money annually. Even in those rare occurrences where direct costs are recovered, indirect costs persist. Reducing these line strikes reduces operating and compliance costs and helps to relieve resource constraints.
In many jurisdictions, nearly all releases must be reported to oversight bodies. Spills can result in fines and other mandated costs but always results in administrative paperwork to comply with reporting mandates. Reducing preventable damages helps keeps water, sewer and wastewater providers in compliance and minimizes the costs of compliance.
Gold Shovel Standard is easy to adopt with existing resources. The program does the majority of the work, with the main contribution of water, sewer and wastewater providers being their commitment to embrace the program for the benefit of their customers.
The current annual fee for municipalities is $1500 and $2400 for private entities. If membership fees present a hardship, Gold Shovel Standard may waive them upon receipt of a hardship waiver.