Water & Sewer

Water and Sewer Benefits

Relief | Safety | Cost Savings | Compliance

Gold Shovel Standard membership can help avoid costly line strikes that result in wasted resources and preventable operational chaos. As one of the most frequently damaged buried assets, water, sewer and wastewater lines need to be protected at all costs.

Resource Constraint Relief

Reducing damages through GSS allows providers to apply resources to predictable operational tasks instead of reserving them for anticipated remediation. Gold Shovel Standard membership enables providers to operate more effectively with fewer resources.

Safety

In an era of little public patience for preventable catastrophes, Gold Shovel Standard membership can increase the safety of workers in the field and the communities in which they work.

Cost Savings

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.

Compliance

Reducing preventable damages helps keep water, sewer and wastewater providers in compliance and minimizes the costs of compliance.

Costs

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. Start the membership process by calling Member Services at (855) 676-7252, or email Gold Shovel Standard.



The Need For Standardized Metrics

The Need For Standardized Metrics

Dramatic reductions in the frequency of line strikes will remain elusive unless all parties continuously improve and measurements underpin continuous improvement. Standardizing the measurement process is an overdue first step to drive performance improvement and increase public and workforce safety. To achieve this ambitious plan, Gold Shovel Standard is working with balanced teams of damage prevention experts to draft, refine and broadly deploy damage prevention metrics for all stakeholders.

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Third-Party Damage Reductions and Communities

Third-Party Damage Reductions and Communities

“Everybody’s third-party is somebody’s second-party.” Reducing line strikes associated with small excavators and third-parties persists as the top priority for all stakeholders in damage prevention. These are difficult reductions to influence, and yet they represent the single biggest risk to safety associated with excavation damage. Gold Shovel Standard Communities are novel and ambitious partnerships to attack this persistent and difficult challenge.

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ShovelSafe™

ShovelSafe™

Increasing safety is impossible without the right tools. Gold Shovel Standard provides world-class technology to drive continuous improvement that reduces damages and increases public and workforce safety. ShovelSafe from Oropala puts damages prevention at the fingertips of business leaders, giving them the tools to drive continuous performance improvement. ShovelSafe is world-class technology for analyzing and tracking damage prevention performance.

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Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Pursuing the industry-wide goal of zero incidents requires comprehensive, systematic use of Safety Management Systems. Pipeline and other energy companies, and along with the regulatory community have recognized the critical importance of SMS. Broad adoption of Damage Prevention-Safety Management Systems (DP-SMS), which are safety management systems specifically tailored for damage prevention is a necessary ingredient to achieve that industry-wide goal of zero incidents.

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