Why Safe Digging Matters

Community Sustainability

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Download our gas pipeline safety guide

We’re a nation of keen renovators, but our enthusiasm can lead to some serious damage if we’re not careful where we dig. At Vector, every year we see an increasing number of gas leaks caused by home DIYers or tradies hitting our gas pipes. Not only are gas leaks potentially dangerous, but they're also detrimental to the environment. 

Third-party damage to our gas pipelines is now the largest source of our direct carbon emissions, causing 5,600 tonnes of CO2 per year. That’s more than 25% of the entire Vector group’s greenhouse gas emissions.

We’re on a mission to keep everyone safe around gas pipelines and help lower our carbon emissions in the process. Underground gas pipes are everywhere. They could be under your lawn or driveway – there's no way to tell what’s lying below your property without getting the plans.  
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution – all you need to do is visit BeforeUDig.co.nz or call 0800 248 344. This organisation works with multiple infrastructure providers (gas, electricity, fibre and water) to collate all the relevant information for homeowners in one place. Simply register on the website or give them a call, and request the underground plans for your address before you or anyone else starts working on the renovation. 

Once you or your tradie knows what’s lying below, it’s important to follow safe digging practices. You can download our handy guide to gas pipeline safety here.
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