Common Ground Alliance's Latest DIRT Report Finds Underground Utility Damages Down 40 Percent Nationwide in 2007

Decrease credited in part to stakeholder support of CGA Best Practices and launch of 811 as national call-before-you-dig number

Dec 17th, 2008

Based on this new figure, there were roughly 700 incidents per day nationwide in 2007, compared to the more than 1,100 per day as estimated for 2004, representing a 40 percent decline in underground utility damages that have the potential to cause injury or loss of life.

CPFL Piratininga, a power distribution unit of CPFL Energia, one of Brazil's largest electric utilities, will install the 3M Aluminum Conductor Composite Reinforced (ACCR) to upgrade the capacity of a key transmission line serving a densely populated area in the state of São Paulo. The light-weight, sag-resistant 3M conductor provides more than twice the capacity of conventional steel conductors of similar size without requiring major tower modifications or construction of new towers.

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