Through the joint utilities trenching process, all underground residential facilities are now placed in one trench rather than two. ENMAX Power Corporation, ATCO Gas, Shaw and TELUS have worked together to provide this service, which now occurs in all new residential subdivisions.
The four utilities have entered in to an agreement with ENMAX Power Services as the four-party project management consultant responsible for carrying out the work for underground joint trenching.
Consider the advantages for utilities and advantages for developers and builders below.
There is no longer a six to eight week wait between when the electrical, cable TV and telephone cables are energized and when the gas lines are connected. This means the home is ready for its new inhabitants that much sooner.
A risk assessment study found that it's safer to have one trench rather than two. The risk is reduced of accidentally hitting another line while digging the second trench.
Prior to this new joint construction, the electrical, cable TV and telephone cables went in the first trench and the gas line went in the second trench. Now, the installation of the services is coordinated and completed by a single contractor.
All the meters and connector boxes are located on one side of the home, rather than on both sides. This means that homeowners can plant trees and shrubs on the other side of their home, creating a more inviting landscape.
Customers are free to purchase natural gas services or electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).