Woodstock Private Locates, WPL provides Commercial & Residential customers with comprehensive outdoor and interior locates for privately owned utilities. Our Locate Technicians use various active, passive and inductive locate methods to physically locate the horizontal location of private detectable buried utilities.
We offer an end-to-end client experience that includes seamless communication, on-site organization, and solid, quality handiwork every time.
Drawing from 20 years of utility locating experience. We value safety and quality. These values form the basis for everything we do.
It is the responsibility of OneCall to mark out publicly owned utilities, which typically include the “mains” such as water, sewer, cable, electric, natural gas, etc. OneCall may or may not mark your home service feed off of the main depending on the specific “demarcation point” or transfer of ownership, which is often at a meter. As a private locator we identify and mark privately owned utilities that are on your property; in other words the portion of the utilities that you own and are responsible for and those utilities that OneCall will not mark.
Privately owned utilities typically include the following:
OneCall and private locating go hand in hand. Utility companies and their contract locators do not mark utilities that they do not own. Conversely, private locators can not fulfill the excavator’s legal responsibility to call OneCall. There is often more utilities underfoot than you would expect. It is also important to recognize that buried lines are not intuitive; their actual locations and depths may have been influenced by specific site conditions such as weather at the time of burial, tree roots, bedrock, groundwater, line repairs or other factors. It is always best to have a private locator verify the actual location of your underground utilities. Hiring a private locator will save you time and money; redesigns, damages, and costly repairs are avoided when you hire Woodstock Private Locates for your locating needs.
Ontario OneCall has a very precise mandate, to protect their lines and public safety. Since it is the utility companies themselves that pay the fee for each locate, they only mark what they own. The utility companies have records and prints that make it possible for their locators to locate lines that would otherwise be impossible to find. As the information that is on those prints is considered proprietary, these prints are typically not available to private locators. In other words, there are some lines that are really only able to be located by the utility company. This is why private locators can not fulfill the legal obligation to call Ontario OneCall.
On the other hand, private locating takes an extremely broad understanding and familiarity with all utilities. Locating private utilities requires an intimate knowledge of how different types of utilities are designed and built and all of their variations. It requires chasing down as-built plans, records, prints, and often rumors. When you request a private locate we will ask you to provide us with as much information that you know or might know about the utilities on your property. Often you may not know too much, but with our knowledge and experience we will be able to identify and mark the utilities on-site to assure your confidence in completing your project safely while avoiding damages and delays.
Homeowners and contractors are required by law (under the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario), to ascertain the location of utility infrastructure before breaking ground.
Woodstock Private Locates is a proud member of The Ontario Regional Common Ground Alliance. ORCGA is an organization promoting efficient and effective damage prevention for Ontario’s vital underground infrastructure. Through a unified approach and stakeholder consensus, ORCGA fulfils its motto of “Working Together for a Safer Ontario”.
Dig Safe is a website developed by the ORCGA. It is a great resource for all information related to the Damage Prevention Process.