Before You Dig


If you're planning to excavate, the last thing you want to do is hit a cable.

Whether you're a homeowner wanting to replace a fence, a contractor installing a new cable or pipe along a street, or working on a roading or footpath project you should check the location of underground services. This will ensure you avoid damage to underground power, water, gas and telecommunication services while also ensuring the safety of the people working on your project.

You should use beforeUdig.co.nz if you're:

  • Designing or building new underground assets

  • Doing road or footpath restoration works

  • Planning maintenance on existing underground assets

  • Building a new fence

  • Laying a new driveway

  • Planning a new subdivision or development

  • Undertaking cultivation on a paddock that you may not have done before - underground assets can often be found under rural land, particularly those close to roads.


Locating Cables
 

It’s critical that you locate cables before you start any excavation work. We can assist you with this and in most cases it's a free service.

•             Request a Cable Location

If you are physically locating cables yourself make sure you fully understand your responsibilities and safe practices before you start by reading these guidelines

  • Use both a locating device and WEL service plans to locate buried cables as accurately as possible. (Please allow at least two working days for service plans to be supplied).
     
  • Determine whether a cable location, markout or stand over is needed. If it is, contact WEL at least five working days beforehand.
     
  • Thoroughly mark out the service locations before you start work.
     
  • Dig with care. To help you dig safely near cables, be sure to read our safe excavation practices and get advice on how to dig around cables.