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To build this distribution network safely and maintain reliability of other utilities, in accordance with the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, our construction partner, AECON, needs to identify utilities that are located along the public utility corridor.

In the Southern Bruce area, many properties have landscaping or driveways that extend on top of the public utility corridor.  

As a result, as part of this work, our crews will be in the area:

  • Spray painting or placing flags on the location of buried utilities that needs to be exposed.
  • Excavating the area to confirm the presence of existing drainage, telecommunications and/or hydro utilities.
  • Temporarily restoring the area as we may need to repeat the process later in the construction season.

Restoration

At the end of the construction season, we will restore areas that were disturbed as part of our construction.

The sections on both the public and private side that are disturbed will be restored as follows:

  Boulevards or driveways: with equivalent materials and matched to the existing grade, as much as possible.

  Irrigation systems, underground sprinklers or invisible dog fences: with equivalent parts, as close to the original as possible. 
      Please call EPCOR to let us know if these are present on your property.

  Lawn: with grass seed or topsoil and instructions on the care of this seed or topsoil, as required.

If construction is taking place late in the year (e.g. October), please be advised that this restoration may be completed the following spring, when conditions are suitable. In addition, we can return one year from restoration to determine if any further restoration is required.

Affected streets, alleys and sidewalks will be fully restored once construction is complete.

FAQs

Can I remove the flags to care for my lawn?
​The flags must stay in place until we have completed the work. Please do not remove them to care for your lawn but instead temporarily maintain around the flags.
Who locates my underground sprinklers, irrigation system or invisible dog fence?
​Homeowners are responsible for identifying their underground sprinklers, irrigation systems or invisible dog fences as they cannot be identified through utility locators.
What if my underground sprinklers, irrigation system or invisible dog fence is damaged?
​Please be sure to test your system as soon as we have finished the work on your property. If it has been damaged, please call EPCOR so that we can repair those areas with equivalent parts.
Will my driveway be restored exactly how it was prior?

The portions of the driveway that were disturbed as part of our construction will be replaced with equivalent materials and matched to the existing grade, as much as possible.

We will first temporarily restore the disturbed section as we may need to excavate the area again during the construction period. At the end of the construction season, we will fully restore the affected section of driveway.

When will my yard be restored?
​At the end of the construction season, we will restore the disturbed sections of a residence's yard with grass seed or topsoil and will provide instructions on the care of this seed or topsoil, as required.
When will restoration of property lines and assets occur?
​Restoration of property lines and assets will take place at the end of the construction season. We will temporarily restore after excavation but return at the end of the season for permanent restoration.
What is the timeline for construction?
​Residents in Kincardine, Tiverton, Inverhuron and the noted area of Huron Kinloss will all start natural gas service in 2020.
  • In May, we began construction in Kincardine, parts of Huron Kinloss (between Saratoga Road and Concession Road 10, west of Lake Range Drive) and on the pipeline route from Dornoch to the Bruce Energy Centre.
  • In July, we will begin construction in Inverhuron.
  • In September, we will start in Tiverton.

In 2021, we will begin Phase 3 of our project as we build the distribution system to bring natural gas to Chesley, Paisley, Lurgan Beach, Point Clark, Ripley and Lucknow. View our timeline.

When will natural gas service begin?
Once we have installed the meter at your property, your Heating, Venting and Air Conditioning (HVAC) contractor is required to arrange a final site visit with EPCOR to turn on your meter and inspect and light your natural gas equipment or appliances so that you can start to use them. You will need to be at the property during this site visit.